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General News of Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Source: citinewsroom.com

Helena Huang appears in court, handed over to immigration

The Chinese national who skipped bail after her arrest for attempting to smuggle four containers of rosewood from Tamale has been produced in court after almost a month.

Helena Huang and the person who stood surety for her, Mohammed Bondirigbun appeared before the circuit court presided over by Justice Twumasi Appiah where Bondirigbun.

She was acquitted and handed over to the Immigration Service for further action.

It also emerged that no formal charges had been brought against Helen Huang.

Huang arrested

Helena Huang was arrested by Police in Tamale for allegedly attempting to smuggle four containers of Rosewood.

The Police said they intercepted two trucks in Tamale loaded with two containers of rosewood belonging to the Chinese national.

According to the Northern Regional Police crime officer, Superintendent Otuo Acheampong, Helena Huang failed to produce her passport and other documents to show that she legally acquired the products.

She was granted a police inquiry bail on the same day after her arrest but was said to have jumped bail.

Police said the surety who stood for Helena Huang’s bail, will soon be dragged to the High Court in Tamale if he fails to produce the suspect.

Huang’s company shut down

Savannah Regional Minister, Salifu Adam Braimah ordered the closure of Brivywell Company, the timber firm owned by Helena Huang.

The firm, which is located in Yipala, a farming community near Damongo is said to be engaged in illegal logging and processing of rosewood, which has been banned, for export.

The Minister has also set up a nine-member committee to investigate illegal logging activities in the region.