Chinese ‘galamsey queen’ En Huang, popularly known as Aisha Huang, has been found guilty of mining-related offences.
She was convicted and sentenced to four years and six months in prison.
Additionally, she has been fined GH¢48,000 and will be deported after serving her jail term.
Aisha Huang was hauled before the Accra High Court following her return to Ghana and alleged involvement in illegal mining operations (galamsey).
There are four charges against her— entering the country illegally while prohibited from entry, undertaking a mining operation without a license, facilitating the participation of persons engaged in a mining operation, and illegally employing foreigners.
She pleaded not guilty to three charges, except entering the country illegally. She has since been convicted on the said charge, with sentencing deferred until the end of the trial.
After the prosecution and the defence officially ended their case on October 12, the court set Monday, December 4, 2023, for judgment.
The court, presided over by Justice Lydia Osei-Marfo, said the prosecution had proven beyond reasonable doubt that Aisha committed the offence.
The prosecution called 11 witnesses to the stand to prove their case.
The trial judge also stated that Aisha Huang contradicted herself in her defence statements, thus resulting in the guilty verdict.