Aisha Huang and four other Chinese, who are standing trial over alleged illegal mining (galamsey) have prayed an Accra High Court to vary their bail conditions.
The 31-year-old Chinese lady and her four accomplices namely: Gao Jin Cheng, 45; Lu Qi Jun 39; Habin Gao, 26; and Zhang Pen, 23; contend that reporting to the Police and the Ghana Immigration Service twice a week in Accra was a challenge to them.
The motion is before the court presided over by Mr Justice Iddrisu Abduallai and was filed on November 17.
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Aisha Huang was granted bail by the court in June 2017 in the sum of GH¢500,000 with two sureties to be justified.
The four others were also granted bail in the sum of GHc500,000.00 with one surety each who must be a Ghanaian by birth.
Each surety is to be justified.
Aisha has also been accused of providing mine support services without valid registration with the Minerals Commission.
As part of the bail conditions, Aisha and her accomplices were to report to the Police and the Ghana Immigration Service in Accra twice every week.
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But they argued that this was a challenge for them and were, therefore, praying the court to allow them to report to the Police and GIS in Kumasi, where they all live.
Defence Counsel Bernard Owiredu Donkor told the court that they filed their motion on November 17, this year and same was served on the Attorney General.
Mr Watskin Adama, a State Attorney said that he had not been served with the motion and was not privy to the court processes. The court adjourned the matter to January 29, 2018.
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