United Progressive Party (UPP) founder and leader Akwasi Addai, also known as Odike, has claimed that despite being refused bail, Chinese citizen Aisha Huang, also known as the “galamsey queen,” is not being detained in a police cell. Huang was recently re-arrested for illegal mining.
He said he didn’t have faith in the security personnel managing the situation and was sure the woman wasn’t in jail.
In his TV3 interview, he added, “I can tell you on authority, Aisha Huang does not sleep in police cells.”
He said that not even President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo knew whether or not Aisha Huang was deported following her detention in 2018.
Odike added: “Even the president is saying that he is not sure that she was deported. So you trust our security apparatus? No.”
Accra Circuit Court refused bail to Aisha Huang and three others on Tuesday, September 27, 2022.
The galamsey queen’s attorneys have warned that their clients’ continued imprisonment is sending a bad message to the rest of the world.
Captain Rtd. Nkrabea Effah Dartey, Aisha Huang’s lead attorney, expressed concern that the international community may conclude that foreign people had no recourse in Ghanaian courts.
He pleaded with the judge to ignore the world outside and focus on the two allegations against his client.
The prosecution contended that although though the defendants were not citizens of the United States, they were nonetheless just as obligated by the terms of the law as any citizen. And no special treatment was being given to the accused.