After being repatriated in December 2018, a Chinese national known as Shi Yumeing or Smith was remanded by an Accra High Court for allegedly harbouring En Huang, the accused galamsey kingpin.
Shi is accused of providing En Huang, also known as Aisha Huang, with housing when she entered Ghana again without authorization in Kumasi.
Shi, who was accused of harbouring a criminal and mining without a permit, entered a not-guilty plea before Justice Mrs. Lydia Osei Marfo. The date of his subsequent court appearance is set on August 14, 2023.
Shi was alleged to be En Huang’s previous boyfriend, according to the prosecution, which was led by State Attorney Watkins Adamah. En Huang was repatriated from Ghana in 2018 as a result of her involvement in illicit mining activities. En Huang was forbidden from returning to Ghana after being repatriated without the Comptroller-General of the Ghana Immigration Service’s permission.
According to investigations, Shi took over En Huang’s businesses in Kumasi and kept in touch with her after she was repatriated. Furthermore, Shi worked as a miner at Nimbreso in the Ashanti Region between October 2021 and January 2022 without a licence. According to reports, he paid GHC 100,000 for the mining concession but did not recover it after engaging in illicit activity.
En Huang, along with Huang Lei, Huang Hai Hua, and Jiang Li Hua, three other Chinese citizens, were detained on September 2, 2022, in a residence in Ahodwo, Kumasi. In violation of the conditions of her repatriation and the Comptroller-General’s approval, Aisha entered Ghana via an unauthorised route.
Shi, who allegedly gave her permission to break the terms of her repatriation and stay there in order to avoid detection and arrest, rented the home where En Huang was found and was the one who was ultimately responsible for her detention.
The results of the investigation resulted in the detention of Aisha, Huang Lei, Huang Hai Hua, Jiang Li Hua, Shi Mei Zhi, and Li Wei Guo. After being charged with crimes linked to mining and immigration, Aisha and her accomplices were found guilty.
Shi, the defendant, was sought for in connection with other cases but concealed until his arrest in June 2023.
According to the prosecution, “the procurement of fake or illegally obtained immigration permits for the other five nationalities was determined to have been significantly influenced by the accused individual.”
Shi’s immigration status was reportedly being looked into at the time.