Accomplices of Aisha En Huang, a Chinese woman who has been accused of engaging in illegal mining (galamsey) in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region have been living in Ghana illegally following the expiration of their visas, an Accra High Court has heard.
A prosecution witness in the trial, Deputy Superintendent of Immigration, Divine Ahumah Occansey, told the court on Thursday that Gao Jin Cheng and Lu Qi Jun entered the country on a 30-day B1 visas on June 13, 2015 and September 26, 2017 respectively but failed to renew their stay in the country.
He stated that all the four accomplices were not granted work permit. Led in his evidence-in-chief by Mercy Arthur, a chief state attorney, the witness told the court that although Aisha Huang informed the immigration officers that she invited Habin Gao and Zhang Pen into the country to work on her excavators, details available to the GIS show otherwise.
DSI Occansey told the court that Gao Jin Cheng entered the country on June 13, 2015 with a B1 Visa, which was issued in Beijing, China by the Ghana Mission. The court heard that upon his arrival, his Chinese passport was endorsed for 30 days and he was not permitted to engage in any form of work or be employed by any person without notice to the Comptroller General of the GIS.
“The last permit he had was an extension of visitors’ permit which expired on September 26, 2016. Between September 26, 2015 and the time he was arrested – May 5, 2017, he was living in the country illegally and he could not have been employed by anybody,” the witness told the court. DSI Occansey told the court that Jun arrived in the country on July 30, 2016 on an emergency entry visa which was issued to him by the GIS.
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