Aisha ‘Sister’ Jumps Bail

Helen Huang

The 43-year-old Chinese woman who was arrested by the Tamale Regional Police Command for allegedly possessing large quantities of rosewood illegally appears to have jumped bail.

Helen
Huang was granted bail by the police last Tuesday after she was arrested with
two trucks carrying four containers of rosewood, which has been banned.

Northern
Regional Crime Officer, Superintendent Otuo Aceampong, confirmed that Helen
Huang had defied an order to report to the police station.

According
to him, the police have contacted the surety to produce the suspect before
close of today or face prosecution.

Supt
Acheampong hinted that if the suspect fails to report to the police station,
the police will be forced to get a warrant for her arrest.

“We
have called on the surety to produce her so if he fails, we will take him to
court for the court to take action against the surety and declare her wanted
with her pictures,” the police officer said.

Many
people overexploit rosewood in the wild despite a 2010 moratorium on trade and
illegal logging which continues in the country on a large scale.

In
Ghana, the Ministry of lands and Natural Resources has banned the harvest of
rosewood in line with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered
Species (CITES).

Helen
Huang was arrested at a barrier at Vittin, a suburb of Tamale.

Upon
her arrest, Helen Huang allegedly claimed ownership of the rosewood, adding
that she had the right documents to cover the rosewood but failed to produce
the documents.

The
suspect was transporting the rosewood through the Northern Region to Tema in
the Greater Accra Region.

There
was drama at the Regional Police Command when Helen Huang accused the police at
the barrier of demanding bribe from her to allow safe passage.

According
to her, she was arrested because she refused to pay bribe demanded by the
police and not because she does not have the right documents.

Another
Chinese, Aisha Huang, who was deported last year, also engaged in widespread
illegal mining for many years in the country until her arrest.

The two share similar surname and people are uncertain whether they are related.

From Eric Kombat, Tamale



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