En Huang, also known as Aisha Huang, a suspected illegal miner, told an Accra High Court that she had never visited Bepotenten in the Ashanti Region for unlawful mining activities.
She has also denied meeting with farm owners to secure areas for illegal mining activities, stating that she does not speak Twi fluently.
“I have never had a conversation in Twi language anywhere,” Aisha stated during cross-examination by Mrs Yvonne Atakorah Obuobisa, Director of Public Prosecution.
Aisha Huang admits to running an Aisha Supermarket in Ahodwo, Kumasi.
Her company’s official name, according to her, was Golden Asia Company Limited, and its goals were to engage in the import and export of general commodities and mining services.
She explained that, while mining was one of her company’s goals, she lacked the necessary permits.
En Huang admitted that she was a corporate director, not a secretary.
She stated that she operated the grocery from 2013 to 2018 and that she had a permit to do so.
En Huang is standing trial on the charges of undertaking mining operations without license, facilitating the participation of persons to engage in illegal mining and re-entering Ghana though prohibited.
She has pleaded not guilty and the court presided over by Justice Lydia Osei Marfo has remanded her into lawful custody.
Hearing has been adjourned.