En Huang aka Aisha Huang, notorious galamsey kingpin has been declared guilty by the High Court in Accra after changing her not guilty plea to guilty to an immigration offense.
The Chinese national is facing trials after being charged with four counts of undertaking a mining operation without a license, facilitating the participation of persons engaged in a mining operation, the illegal employment of foreigners and entering Ghana while she had been prohibited from re-entry.
In court on Wednesday, May 3, 2023, the galamsey kingpin changed her not-guilty plea on the charge of “Entering Ghana while prohibited from re-entry contrary to section 20(4) of the Immigration Act, 2000, Act 573 after Superintendent Divine Ahumah Ocansey, the 11th and last prosecution witness in the trial testified that the accused forged documents to obtain a residential permit.
According to the witness, Aisha Huang forged her marriage certificates to acquire permits adding that En Huang, was admitted into the country on May 28, 2010, and was granted a 30 days visitor’s visa.
He noted that Aisha travelled in and out of the country on visitor’s visas until she obtained a dependent permit on November 25, 2010, as the wife of Mr Anthony Fabien, a Ghanaian.
The dependent permit however restricted the accused from working in the country but was renewed on April 28, 2015, when she obtained an indefinite residence permit as the wife of Anthony Fabien.
The 11th witness added that En Huang conducted mining operations at Bepotenten where she engaged the services of Lu Qi Jun, Gao Jin Cheng, Habin Gao and Zhang Zhipeng to mine at the mining site where the four Chinese nationals were arrested by the Obuasi GIS District Command on May 5, 2017.
Aisha Huang was then convicted after she entered into a Plea Bargaining agreement with the State.
After her plea was retaken, the Criminal Division of the Accra High Court presided over by Her Ladyship Justice Lydia Osei Marfo, convicted her and deferred her sentencing until after the end of the trial in respect of the three remaining charges.
Ms Huang was on September 16, 2022, charged with four counts of undertaking a mining operation without a license, facilitating the participation of persons engaged in a mining operation, the illegal employment of foreigners and entering Ghana while she had been prohibited from re-entry.
In court on Wednesday, the Prosecution led by Deputy Attorney General Alfred Tuah Yeboah, closed its case after calling 11 witnesses.
The defense has been ordered to file their submission of no case to answer by May 16 while the prosecution is to respond by May 24.
The case has been adjourned to May 25, 2023.