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Galamsey “queen” returns after being deported, Ghana Police re-arrests her.

Aisha Huang, a Chinese citizen who rose to prominence as a kingpin of illegal mining in 2017, has been remanded into police prison by the Accra Circuit Court 9.

Uncertainty surrounds the circumstances of her re-arrest, but GhanaWeb sources have confirmed that the woman who was reportedly expelled from the nation in December 2018 appeared in court on Monday, September 5, 2022.

Ms. Huang, who some media outlets referred to as “untouchable,” was accused of engaging in small-scale mining operations in violation of Section 99 (1) of the Minerals and Mining Act, 2006 in 2017. (Act 703).

She was also accused of violating Sections 59 and 99 (2) of the Minerals and Mining Act by providing mine support services without having a valid registration with the Minerals Commission, as well as of hiring unauthorized foreign workers (in breach of section 24 of the Immigration Act and regulation 18 of the Immigration Regulations).

The state ended the case against her after her deportation.

2018 saw Nana Yaw Osafo Maafo, a senior minister at the time, defend the choice.

Justifying why the state had to deport the Chinese national, the Senior Minister, addressing some concerns of Ghanaians in the diaspora at a town hall meeting on April 18, 2019, revealed that, “Putting [Aisha Huang] in jail in Ghana is not going to solve your money problem. It is not going to make you happy or me happy.”

“We have a very good relationship with China. The main company that is helping develop the infrastructure system in Ghana is Sinohydro; it is a Chinese Company. It is the one that is going to help process our bauxite and provide about $2 billion to us. So when there are these kinds of arrangements, there are other things behind the scenes. There are many other things beyond what we see in these matters, and everybody is wide awake. The most important thing is that we established regulations and we are protecting our environment. That is far more important than one Chinese woman who has been deported back to her country,” he explained further.

Fast forward to September 20, 2019, President Nana Akufo-Addo described the deportation of Miss Huang as a mistake.

“I think the decision to deport Aisha Huang in hindsight was a mistake, and that is why that process and procedure is being stopped,” he said at a forum at Princeton University during his visit to the United States of America.

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