The Accra Circuit Court has turned down a bail application by lawyers of Galamsey kinpin Aisha Huang and will remain in police custody.
She is expected to appear before the court in the next two week after prosecutors got an Accra Circuit Court to extend a warrant of arrest permitting them to hold her in custody.
The extension will afford the police the opportunity to carry out their investigations.
Lawyers for Miss Huang, who is accused of engaging in mining without a license, this morning made a strong case for her to be granted bail.
Raising concerns about what they believe to be unfair treatment meted out to their client by state security, they questioned why their client was repatriated in 2018 over what they term as a minor offense.
Leading counsel, Nkrabea Effah Dartey led the charge as he questioned the state’s decision to repatriate Miss Huang in 2018.
“The law did not disclose that the parliament of Ghana had passed any law to declare her a persona non-grata. The law does not show that there was any executive order to have her deported. She was told to come for a meeting and the next thing I heard, she had been flown out.”
Pleading with the court to grant them bail, lead counsel appealed to the court allow the law to work.
“Let the law work. On the facts before you, I pray you admit each of them to bail. We know that if you admit them it doesn’t mean they are innocent”.
“If you grant bail today, it will mean the judiciary of Ghana is applying the laws. Don’t look at them as Chinese. If you refuse to grant them bail, they will say the AG’s advice has been taken,” Mr Dartey added.
The Police Prosecutors however insisted she would interfere with investigations if granted bail.
“She has a history of deceiving persons and leaving the country. The accused person, Aisha must tell the court how she entered the country.
“If they are granted bail, they are highly likely to interfere with witnesses. The accused persons are charged with criminal offences.
“I humbly pray that the accused persons be remanded into police custody for unimpeded investigations.” Detective Chief Inspector Frederick Sarpong said.
The Court presided over by Samuel Bright Acquah however turned down the request for bail and remanded her into police custody.
The case has been adjourned to September 27, 2022.