Veteran Journalist Abdul Malik Kweku Baako has described the communication on circumstances under which Galamsey Queen Aisha Huang left the country while being prosecuted as incoherent and clumsy communication.
Aisha Huang initially was said to have been deported after the state through a State Attorney, Ms. Mercy Arthur filed a nolle prosequi to discontinue the trial presided over by Mr. Justice Charles Ekow Baiden.
This was given credence by then Senior Minister Yaw Osarfo-Maafo who during a foreign trip was reported to have said ““Putting [Aisha Huang] in jail in Ghana is not going to solve your money problem. It is not going to make you happy or me happy”
He revealed to grumbling Ghanaians who had gathered at the event in the USA that what mattered was the fact she had been deported outside the country with measures put in place to safeguard against the destruction of the environment.
Last week, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo while granting an interview in the Volta Region was also reported to have said “I’m not still sure whether she was in fact deported. Or whether she fled the country the first time and has now come back. There still seems to be some uncertainty about it”
Counsel for Aisha Huang Captain (Retired) Nkrabea Effah Dartey is also accusing the state of shifting its position on the matter from being deported to sneaking out of the country while being prosecuted.
“I was defending Aisha Huang in court at the High Court criminal one then on the day that we were supposed to open our defence the Attorney General entered Nolle prosequi which means don’t prosecute. Then the Attorney General took my client away from the court, the next thing I heard the next day was that my client has been flown out of Ghana back to China or wherever but out of Ghana.
I didn’t understand why the Attorney General did not allow us to finish the case. I think it was a wrong move but they took her out of Ghana. Today we are being told that she sneaked out of Ghana which is false, a blatant untruth, an inaccurate statement which was made to the court, very sad, most unfortunate,” he told the media.
Lawyer and Award-winning Journalist Samson Anyenini in commenting on the ongoing confusion posted “Pray – Nolle prosequi deport repatriate fled “sneaked out averting prosecution” and sneaked back to two counts of past and present crimes. #JesusIsLord”
But in a sharp response, Kweku Baako wrote “Admittedly, incoherent and clumsy communication! Perhaps even inept! But the fact was/is that REPATRIATION was what happened!”