The Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Godfred Yeboah Dame, has served notice that he will test the soundness of the trial court’s decision to punish the galamsey kingpin, Aisha Huang, under the Minerals and Mining (Amendment) Act, 2015 (Act 900).
The Minister in a statement revealed that he will appeal the judgement at the Court of Appeal to ensure that the new sentencing regime imposed by the Minerals and Mining (Amendment) Act, 2019 (Act 995), is applied to Aisha Huang who was sentenced to four and a half years in jail.
The Chinese national was jailed for four and a half years on Monday, December 4, 2023.
This was after she was found guilty of mining without a license. The court also slapped her with a GH¢48,000 fine.
The Judge, after considering the case of the prosecution and defence, found the accused guilty.
The Attorney General in a statement issued on Tuesday said “Whilst applauding the efficiency of the justice delivery system witnessed in the trial of Aisha Huang, the Attorney General will however test the soundness of the decision of the trial court to punish the accused person under Act 900, by filing an appeal at the Court of Appeal, against the sentence to ensure that the new sentencing regime imposed by Act 995 is applied to the accused person.”
“The Attorney-General hereby, respectfully, entreats members of the public including lawyers, to be mindful of the facts stated above and desist from comments which not only jeopardise the sound and efficient administration of justice but also undermine the fight against illegal mining (galamsey),” Mr Dame said.
Read the full statement below