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Aisha Huang convicted after changing her plea to guilty on immigration offense

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The High Court in Accra convicted Galamsey kingpin En Huang aka Aisha Huang after she changed her not guilty plea to guilty to an immigration offense.

The embattled 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.”

This was after she entered into a Plea Bargaining agreement with the State (office of the Attorney General).

After her plea was retaken, on Wednesday, May 3, the Criminal Division of the Accra High Court presided over by Her Ladyship Justice Lydia Osei Marfo, convicted her and deferred her sentencing to 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 defence 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.

Evidence in chief

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, an officer of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), Huang forged her marriage certificates to acquire permits.

READ MORE: Aisha Huang forged marriage certificate for permit – Witness tells court

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