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In Ghana, a trial is being monitored and scrutinized by the public. It has to do with money, illegal gold mining, and a spectacular escape.

Galamsey is a popular hashtag on social media [Editor’s note: Galamsey is apparently derived from “gather and sell,” and refers to the traditional method of mining for gold used by the first foreign large-scale miners].

Since the trial of a Chinese national named En “Aisha” Huang began in September, many people have been tweeting about her legal woes and waiting for a verdict.

She has been dubbed the Galamsey Queen due to her involvement in illegal mining in the country.

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The accused allegedly mined gold and timber illegally in the Ashanti region. Her charges include involvement in mining operations, as well as mineral operations and mining.

It is not the first time the businesswoman has been charged in the West African country. She was charged with the same crime of illegal exploitation of minerals and resources five years ago.

However, she mysteriously left the country following the initial prosecutions in 2017 and 2018.

Ghanaian authorities announced in 2019 that Aisha Huang had been repatriated, if not expelled. The judiciary, on the other hand, cited an escape.

En “Aisha” Huang is on trial with three other people. All four Chinese nationals have pleaded “not guilty” to illegally selling mining equipment.

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According to local media, they were apprehended based on National Security intelligence.

According to the Ghanaian Times, Huang’s second request for bail was denied by the Accra Circuit Court in late September.

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