The Accra Circuit Court has remanded into police custody notorious Chinese businesswoman Aisha Huang and three others standing trial for unlawfully engaging in small-scale mining without license.
The four accused appeared before the Court on Wednesday, September 14 and pleaded not guilty to the two charges of mining without a licence and engaging in the sale and purchase of minerals without a valid licence.
Defence lawyer Nkrabea Effah Darteh argued that all Ghanaians subject to the laws for which his clients are standing trial are innocent until proven guilty.
Therefore, he prayed the court, presided over by Justice Samuel Bright Appiah, to grant all the four accused bail.
He said it is the media that have blown the case beyond proportion and that his clients are ready with surety for bail.
But prosecution said the public interest in the case demands that the accused are remanded for thorough investigations to continue.
It said the accused, especially Aisha Huang, has a history of deceiving persons and leaving the country.
In considering both arguments, Justice Bright Appiah denied the accused bail and remanded them into police custody.
They are to reappear on Tuesday, September 27.
By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana