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Ghanaian Court Sentences Chinese National to Prison for Illegal Gold Mining

The case which began in 2017 has shed light on Chinese involvement in the activity. The court in Accra sentenced Aisha Huang to 4-1/2 years in prison and a fine of $4,000 for running an illegal mining operation. Huang, who could not be reached for comment, initially pleaded not guilty but changed her plea to guilty as the trial progressed. Ghana, a gold, oil and cocoa producer, is facing a scourge of illegal mining, with Chinese nationals accused of leading some of the operations that have destroyed large areas of forest, polluted water bodies and sometimes encroached on the concessions of large-scale miners.