Written By : Priscilla Boakye
On the 4th of December 2023, at the Accra High Court, Aisha Huang, widely known as the Galamsey queen, received a sentencing that echoed her involvement in illegal mining activities. The Chinese national faced a verdict of four and a half years of imprisonment coupled with a hefty fine amounting to GHS 48,000.
Aisha Huang's legal troubles revolved around multiple charges, including conducting mining operations without the requisite license, actively encouraging the engagement of individuals in unauthorized mining activities, the unlawful employment of foreign nationals, and violating entry restrictions into Ghana.
The court's decision reflected the gravity of her actions during the period between 2015 and 2017. Notably, Aisha Huang's legal saga had a previous chapter in 2018 when she was initially deported. However, this time, the legal proceedings led to a more substantial consequence, as the Attorney-General's office chose to discontinue the case, resulting in a significant prison sentence and financial penalty.
The sentencing underscored the commitment of the Accra High Court to address and penalize individuals involved in illicit mining operations, sending a clear message about the serious consequences that such activities entail. The detailed charges against Aisha Huang shed light on the complexities of her involvement in various aspects of illegal mining, emphasizing the need for stringent measures to curb such practices.
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