The Attorney General’s Department and the defense counsel in the trial of the infamous Chinese galamsey Queen Aisha Huang have rejected a Chinese interpreter who was invited by the court for the commencement of her trial. According to the parties, for the purposes of fair trial, they want a Ghanaian-Chinese interpreter instead of a full Chinese National.
The defense counsel amongst other grounds for the rejection of the interpreter argued that Young Chin York is a student of Ghana School of Law and he is privy to Ghana's legal system which is likely to prejudice his interpretation.
The galamsey queen was arraigned on May 9, 2017 on 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 sections 59 and 99(2) of the Minerals and Mining Act, 2006 (Act 703) and the illegal employment of foreign nationals contrary to section 24 of the Immigration Act, 2000 (Act 573).
Thought to be notorious for illegal mining and blackmailing powerful Ghanaians with sex tapes secretly recorded, Aisha Huang had, prior to her trial had been in and out of police grips on three occasions.