The High Court in Accra has reached a verdict in the case against En Huang, better known as Aisha Huang, finding her guilty of illegal mining charges.
Presided over by Justice Mrs Lydia Osei-Marfo, the court reached its decision after the prosecution and defense counsel presented their final legal arguments.
Aisha Huang, a foreign national, has been accused of actively participating in illegal mining, commonly referred to as “galamsey,” particularly in the Ashanti Region. Notably, she was deported from Ghana in 2018 when the Attorney-General decided to discontinue her trial for engaging in small-scale mining without the necessary license.
However, it is alleged that Huang returned to Ghana and resumed her activities in illegal mining. Subsequently, Attorney-General Godfred Yeboah Dame initiated proceedings against her for the previous accusations and any new crimes prosecuted since her re-entry into the country.
The prosecution’s case asserts that Aisha Huang operated an illegal mining concession in Bepotenten, a region located in the Amansie West District of the Ashanti Region. Additionally, she is accused of running a mining support services company associated with her mining operations.
Illegal mining has been a pervasive issue in recent years, causing significant environmental destruction and endangering the livelihoods of many local communities in Ghana. The government has actively sought to combat this problem, implementing various measures to uphold the rule of law and hold accountable those involved in illegal mining activities.
Aisha Huang’s guilty verdict marks a significant development in the fight against illegal mining in Ghana. The court’s decision serves as a warning to all those engaging in such activities that they will face legal consequences for their actions.
The sentencing for Aisha Huang has not yet been determined, and it is expected that the court will take into account the severity of her offenses. The verdict has been celebrated by advocates for environmental conservation and sustainable mining practices, who hope that it will promote the protection of Ghana’s natural resources and foster a more responsible and ethical mining industry.
As Ghana continues its battle against illegal mining, the government remains committed to enforcing the law and ensuring that those responsible for degrading the environment and endangering local communities are held accountable.
By Vincent Kubi