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Judge expresses frustration over Aisha Huang’s lenient sentence, citing legal constraints

December 6, 2023
Judge expresses frustration over Aisha Huang's lenient sentence, citing legal constraints: Ghana News
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Justice Lydia Osei Marfo, the judge who sentenced Aisha Huang, the Chinese kingpin, to four-and-a-half years in prison and a GH¢48,000 fine, has revealed her desire for a more severe sentence if she had the authority.

The judge expressed her concerns during the sentencing, emphasizing the serious and harmful nature of the crimes committed by Aisha Huang.

While delivering the ruling on Monday, December 4, Justice Lydia Osei Marfo clarified that the prosecution of Aisha Huang was conducted under Act 900, which limited the maximum penalty for engaging in mining activities without a license to five years.

She lamented that the constraints of the Act prevented her from imposing a lengthier prison term.

“I wish I had the right to punish under the current law,” noted Justice Lydia Marfo.

Under the new legal regime introduced by the Minerals and Mining (Amendment) Act 2019, Act 995, Aisha Huang could have faced a minimum of 15 years and a maximum of 25 years in prison.

In November 2022, Aisha Huang faced charges on four counts, including engaging in mining activities without a license, facilitating the operation of individuals in mining without a license, illegal employment of foreign nationals, and entering Ghana while prohibited.

Despite being deported in 2018, she was reported to have re-entered Ghana in October 2022 to engage in mining activities.

Throughout the over one-year trial, Aisha Huang pleaded not guilty to all counts except the charge of entering Ghana while prohibited. The state presented eleven witnesses, including farmers who testified to selling farmlands to the convict and witnessing her engaging in illegal mining on the lands. State prosecutors also produced video evidence demonstrating the level of devastation caused by Aisha Huang.

After careful consideration of the evidence, Justice Lydia Osei Marfo concluded that the “state has discharged its burden of proving beyond a reasonable doubt.”

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