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Foreigners into illegal gold mining to serve jail term before deportation

Foreign nationals caught in illegal gold mining and convicted by a court, are going to serve their jail term before they are deported to their home country, a Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, has warned.

Mr. George Mireku Duker said any such offender would face the full weight of the laws of the country before any determination of deportation was made. “Per the Minerals and Mining Amendment Act 2019 (Act 995), you are to serve your sentence before any determination of deportation is done.”

He said what they meant to achieve by making any foreigner who engaged in acts of illegality to face the full rigors of the laws of the land before deportation was deterrence – stop others from traveling that path.

Act 995 states that” A non-Ghanaian, who undertakes a mining operation or facilitates the participation of any person in mining contrary to the provisions of this Act commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine of not less than 100,000 penalty units (a penalty unit is Ghs12) and not more than 350,000 penalty units.

(b) and a term of imprisonment not less than 20 years and not more than 25 years (c) both the fine and imprisonment.”

The warning comes in the heels of the arrest of two Chinese nationals, Chen Hung, and Chen Zhili, and their subsequent conviction for illegally dealing in gold and money laundering.

They were ordered by a Circuit Court to each pay a fine of Ghs1,440,000.00 (120,000 penalty units).

They would in default spend 15 years each in jail.

They were convicted and punished by the court together with two other Ghanaians, Prince Dennis Aidoo, and Stephen Arthur.

The two Ghanaians were also sentenced to fines of Ghs1,440,000.00 (120,000) penalty units) and Ghs1,200,000.00 (100,000 penalty units), respectively.

Should they fail to pay they would be doing 15 years and 10 years in prison.

According to a statement issued by the Attorney General, the court, additionally, ordered that 11 kilograms of the precious mineral – gold, found on the four men alongside, cash of Ghs788,736.00, rifles, three laptop computers and chargers should be confiscated to the state.

The statement said 30 percent of the proceeds would be paid to the Judicial Service, 15 percent would go to the Office of the Attorney General and 10 percent to the National Security.

The remaining is to be paid into the Consolidated Fund and evidence of the payment should be shown to the court on Wednesday, November 17.

The court gave Chen Hung, one month to regularize her Ghanaian resident permit, which has expired or face immigration proceedings – be deported to her home country, China.

The Attorney General and the Precious Minerals Marketing Company (PMMC), the statement said, had been directed by the court to make sure that its orders were carried out.

Chen Hung, Chen Zhili and Stephen Arthur were caught doing gold business without licenses.

Prince Denis Aidoo’s license to engage in the buying and selling of the mineral had expired.

They were charged with eight counts of offences and they were found liable – guilty by the court.

Content created and supplied by: KyeretwienanaOseiBonsu (via Opera News )

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