An Accra Circuit Court has on Wednesday, September 14, 2022, denied bail to En Huang, aka Aisha Huang, who has been arraigned for engaging in illegal mining and trading activities.
This was after Aisha Huang and her Chinese accomplices had on Wednesday, September 14, 2022, pleaded not guilty to the charge of engaging in the sale of minerals without a license, and mining without a license.
This means Aisha Huang and her other Chinese nationals Jong Li Hua, Huang Jei, and Huiad Hiahu shall remain in police custody for the next two weeks after the court presided over by Bright Acquah denied them bail inquiry.
Lawyer Nkrabea Effah-Dartey during proceedings prayed to the court that the accused persons be granted bail for fear of being treated unfairly by security officers.
He described the charges against the suspect as a “small case” that the media has placed too much emphasis on.
Chief Inspector Frederick Sarpong opposed the bail application on grounds that if granted bail, the accused persons would hamper investigations.
“As Aisha stands here, she cannot tell the court how she got into the country,” the prosecutor said.
He clarified that the accused were charged with criminal offences and are not merely before the court by virtue of their nationality or colour.
He prayed the court to remand the accused persons into police custody assuring the court that counsels will have access to them anytime they wish to.
The judge subsequently remanded the accused persons to police custody and are to re-appear before the court on September 27, 2022.
Meanwhile, there was drama as one of Aisha Huang’s accomplices, Jong Li Hua, reportedly collapsed in the course of the hearing.