En Huang, also known as Aisha Huang, is accused of being the head of an unlawful small-scale mining operation. The High Court in Accra allegedly ordered En Huang to testify in response to the state’s accusations against her.
On Wednesday, June 14, 2023, the court, ruled over by Justice Lydia Osei Marfo, dismissed her assertion that she had no case to answer.
The state prosecutors have established their case before the court, thus the judge rules that the accused galameyser must respond to the allegations.
The witnesses the state prosecutors called before the court, according to Justice Osei Marfo, have shown the elements of prima facie.
Because the witnesses gave testimony that unlawful small-scale mining occurred, she determined that all of the accusations made against Aisha Huang were valid.
As a result, the suspected galamsey kingpin was given a court order by Justice Osei Marfo to appear in court and defend herself.
Aisha Huang is now charged on three charges, including engaging in a mining activity without a licence, encouraging others to participate in a mining business, and hiring foreign nationals without authorization.
She entered Ghana while forbidden from reentering, for which she pleaded guilty, and was found guilty on May 3. Her punishment was postponed until the conclusion of the trial for the other counts.
After cross-examining 11 witnesses, the prosecution declared its case closed on May 3.