State prosecutors have discontinued the trial of ‘Aisha’ Huang and four other Chinese nationals alleged to have carried out in illegal mining activities in the country.
The State Attorney, Mercy Arthur, presented the application for nolle prosequi to the Accra High Court, presided over by Justice Charles Ekow Baiden on Wednesday.
But she did not give a reason for the discontinuation of the case.
Based on the application, the court discharged the five accused persons. The judge had previously complained about how the case was being delayed.
Justice Baiden told the prosecution and defence that he wanted to deal with the case before the end of the legal year.
Aisha and her compatriots were first arraigned on May 9, 2018 for engaging in illegal small-scale mining at Bepotenten in the Amansie Central District of the Ashanti Region.
Aisha Huang was charged with three counts of undertaking small-scale mining operations, contrary to Section 99 (1) of the Minerals and Mining Act, 2006 (Act 703); providing mining support services without valid registration with the Minerals Commission, contrary to the Minerals and Mining Act, 2006 (Act 703), and the illegal employment of foreign nationals, contrary to the Immigration Act, 2000 (Act 573).
It was also alleged that she had granted sexual favours to some top officials and continues to enjoy their support due to threats of blackmail if they attempt to expose her.
It is believed that she is very influential and wields a lot of power due to the backing she receives from some high-profile state officers, including top security personnel.
The other four accused persons were charged with disobedience of directives given by or under the Immigration Act, 2000 (Act 573).
According to the prosecution, Aisha had a mining concession at Bepotenten and also operated a mining support services company.
The prosecution also argued that the visas issued to all the five Chinese by the Ghana Embassy in Beijing, China, did not allow them to work in Ghana.