Galamsey ‘queen’ bangs seats, sheds tears as judge adjourns bail hearing

The Chinese woman accused of audacious illegal mining in Ghana reacted angrily to a judge’s decision to defer ruling on her bail application Tuesday morning.

Asia Huang banged her fists on her seat in anger and in protest over her continued detention at the Nsawam prisons, Joy News’ Joseph Ackah Blay reported Tuesday.

Tears rolled down her cheeks subsequently as she wept bitterly, Ackah-Blay reported.

Huang and four other Chinese nationals were arrested by the Ghana Immigration Service in Kumasi for engaging in illegal mining. They were brought to Accra for trial.

The prosecution intended to proffer charges of breach of Ghana’s mining laws against the suspects but even before the court could hear arguments on the substantive case, lawyers for the suspects filed an application for bail.

The presiding judge, Justice Ekow Baiden after hearing the bail arguments from both sides set June 2, 2017, to give his ruling.

But this did not go down well with the lady, known in the media as Aisha, who banged her fists on the seats in the courtroom and broke into tears, Joy News’ Joseph Ackah-Blay reported from the Accra High Court where the case was heard.

Lawyers for Aisha pressed for bail on grounds of ill health which they claim required urgent medical attention.

But the Attorney-General’s representative insisted that whatever the problem is, the Prison Service could handle it.

They fear Aisha may interfere with investigations if she was released.

The judged then adjourned hearing to June 2, 2017.

After consoling Aisha Huang for well over 15 minutes, lawyer for the Galamsey Queen, Kwame Owiredu told Ackah-Blay they were unhappy with the judge’s decision but will accept it.

He said two more charges were added to the initial immigration charges filed against the suspects.

 

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