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General News of Monday, 10 April 2017


Court requests for interpreters for Chinese arrested for galamsey

The 10 persons, including five Chinese nationals who were arrested for allegedly engaging in illegal mining activities along the Ankobra River in the Western Region, have for the second time been remanded by the Sekondi High Court.

They are Dong Cheng, 30; Hung Jian, 51; Ning Guorui, 42; Yin Biquiang, 46 and Li Zilong, 44; Eric Owusu, 28; Kwabena Adjei, 50; Nana Adu, 42; Kwasi Owusu, 28, and Kofi Darko, 21.

The court presided over by Justice Edward Amoako Asante refused bail for the accused persons, and ordered for the seizure of all items that were being used for their activities in two communities, Bamiankor and Duwale in the Nzema East.

The court has also requested for a Chinese interpreter for hearing to commence on April 24, 2017. Meanwhile, one of the defence counsel, Samuel Erickson Abakah, has told journalists they will again put forth their request for bail when hearing commences.

The ten suspects were arrested by police personnel from the regional headquarters in sekondi following their activities which were pollution the Ankobra River.

They had constructed make shift structures on the river which includes their place of convenience.