‘Galamsey Queen’ remanded into prison custody


    Asia Huang, the Chinese lady accused of deep involvement in illegal mining (galamsey) in Ghana has been remanded into prison custody by Justice Charles Ekow Baiden of the criminal High Court on Tuesday May 9.

    Ms Huang, who, according to editor-in-chief of the New Crusading Guide Abdul-Malik Kweku Baako Jr., is blackmailing some powerful people in officialdom with sex tapes, was arrested by immigration officers on Saturday.

    Mr Baako’s comment followed the arrest of four Chinese workers by officers of the immigration service on a galamsey concession at Bepotenten in the Amansie Central district.

    The concession, according to reports, belongs to Ms Huang, also known as Aisha.

    Reacting to the development on Newsfile on Multi TV on Saturday 6 May, Mr Baako said the Chinese had video and audio recordings of her sexual escapades with big men both within the previous and current administration and was, therefore, untouchable.

    According to him, Aisha brings into town other Chinese girls to have sex with some “big men” in the country, hence their inability to arrest her for engaging in galamsey.

    He told show host Samson Lardy Ayenini: “This particular Chinese woman, I have it on record, was arrested three times during the previous administration and three times she was released. She is a very powerful woman who operates more within the Ashanti Region, especially Kumasi. She’s got connections from my own checks also in this administration. She appears to be a very smooth operative.

    “She’s built a network across the political divide. She’s got her agents placed in state institutions particularly the security agencies and she’s able to wriggle herself out of danger or trouble anytime she’s touched. I hope it doesn’t happen this time round.

    “…She’s got accomplices – the other one is called Monica, the other the name has slipped me because it’s a Chinese name. Part of their strength is that they built up a certain system of blackmailing. They are women so I’m not going to use certain words, I’m not going to say certain things. As to when they came into town, what they intend to do, who they were, what they were, had nothing to do with galamsey, but gradually they moved from that particular trade into galamsey.

    “They have video and audio recordings of people who are powerful, videos of people who we have entrusted with responsibilities to protect us as a people. That’s how dangerous the game is and that is where the strength and power of these Chinese women are coming from.”

    Asked what the videos contain, Mr Baako said: “They have them in videos containing sex. They have video and audio recordings of their conversations with some strategically placed persons from then and now and some they are having sex with. Also, they have girls, some mainly Chinese who they brought into town to sleep with these big men well placed and they use it to blackmail our big men into submission.”

    In court on Tuesday, prosecutor Peter Klaver Antuo said they were still investigating the 31-year-old, thus, pleaded with the court for her to be remanded in prison custody, a request that was granted by the presiding judge despite pleas from Ms Huang’s lawyer Daniel Awuku who argued that his client was not a flight risk since she had a permanent residence in Ghana.

    The case was adjourned to 23 May 2016. Ms Huang operates with a gang comprising Gao Jin Cheng 45, Lu Qi Jun 39, Haibin Gao 26 and Zhang Zhi Peng 23.