Meet Aisha Huang’s lawyer Captain Nkrabeah Effah Darteh (Rtd)

Captain Nkrabeah Effah Darteh (Rtd)
Captain Nkrabeah Effah Darteh (Rtd)

Captain Nkrabeah Effah Darteh (Rtd)

Captain Nkrabeah Effah Darteh (Rtd), a private legal practitioner is the lawyer for Chinese “galamsey queen”, Aisha Huang.

The man, Captain Nkrabeah Effah Dartey (Rtd) is Member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP). He attempted presidential candidate of the NPP and a two-time Member of  Parliament for the Berekum Constituency.

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Captain is an ex-soldier who retired in the Ghana Army at the rank of a Captain and a lawyer by profession with over thirty (30) years experience at the Bar.

As a politician, Captain Effah-Dartey resigned from the Ghana Armed Forces in 1983.

Captain Nkrabeah Effah Darteh (Rtd) Educational Background

Captain Nkrabeah Effah Darteh (Rtd) attended Dormaa Secondary School in the then Bono Ahafo Region and Achimota School in Accra where he obtained his GCE “O” and “A” Level certificates. He’s a product of the University of Ghana.

Captain Nkrabeah Effah Darteh (Rtd) Era of Revolution

During the Revolution days, Captain Nkrabeah Effah Darteh (Rtd), alongside some colleague soldiers were reportedly imprisoned in the early 1980s for allegedly attempting to overthrow Flt. Lt. Jerry Rawlings’s military government.

When Ghana returned to Civilian rule, the former Captain served as a Deputy Minister for Local Government, and later Deputy Interior Minister under former president John Agyekum Kufuor’s administration between 2001-2009.

Captain Nkrabeah Effah Darteh (Rtd) Presidential ambition

Having served as two-time Member of Parliament for the Berekum Constituency, Captain Nkrabeah Effah Darteh (Rtd) attempted presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

Captain Nkrabeah Effah Darteh’s quest to become president of the Republic of Ghana was jettisoned in 2007.

He was disqualified by the NPP Vetting Committee same year in the presidential aspirants election on account of a mutiny charge he faced during his days as a military officer in the ’80s.

He filed an appeal before the NPP National Executive Council and called himself an ‘Aspirant on Appeal’ with hope that he would be considered but his appeal failed to see the light of day.

During the Legon Conference of the New Patriotic Party, Captain Nkrabeah Effah Darteh (Rtd), mounted the podium and called for unity among the rank and file of the party after which he thrilled party executives and sympathizers to his favorite Presbyterian hymn, “M’atwɛn Awurade Enim”.

Captain Nkrabeah Effah Darteh (Rtd) involvement in accidents and imprisonment

According to Captain Nkrabeah Effah Darteh, he’s been involved in vehicular accidents sixty-six (66) times since birth.

Captain Nkrabeah Effah Darteh disclosed that, he also suffered imprisonment on five (5) different occasions – all under the late former President John Jerry Rawlings’s regime. This informs why he can’t do without his ONE & ONLY favorite Presbyterian hymn, “M’atwɛn Awurade Enim”.

Captain Effah-Dartey as Aisha Huang’s lawyer

Captain Nkrabea Effah-Dartey is a private legal practitioner and a lawyer for Aisha Huang in a case involving her the Republic of Ghana referred to as “The State”.

New Patriotic Party stalwart, Captain (Rtd) Nkrabeah Effah-Dartey, on Wednesday, September 14, 2022, showed up at the Accra Circuit Court 9 to represent Aisha Huang and 3 other Chinese nationals facing trial for illegal mining activities and sales of minerals without license.

The suspects, during their last appearance on September 5, 2022, had no legal representation. In addition to the absence of an interpreter to facilitate the proceedings, the court remanded the suspects into custody to reappear on Wednesday, September 14, 2022.

On Wednesday, when the case was called, Aisha Huang’s lawyer, Captain Nkrabeah Effah Darteh (Rtd) who in the last few years has been engaged more in legal practice than the politics he is particularly known for, rose for the accused persons.

Appearing for the accused on Wednesday, Captain Effah-Dartey prayed to the court to grant his clients bail.

The court, however, turned down the request following opposition from the prosecution. The case has been adjourned to September 27, 2022.

Prosecutors investigation on Aisha Huang’s case

In an official statement, the prosecutors contradict government’s position on the case, saying Aisha Huang sneaked out of Ghana. This has exposed some commentaries from some top government officials including the information Minister Hon. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah who said, Aisha Huang was repatriated while others said, she was deported to China in 2018.

Background of Aisha Huang’s Case

Aisha Huang, in 2017, was charged for undertaking small-scale mining operations contrary to Section 99 (1) of the Minerals and Mining Act, 2006 (Act 703).

She was also charged with providing mine support services without valid registration with the Minerals Commission, contrary to Section 59 and 99 (2) of the Minerals and Mining Act; and also charged with illegal employment of foreign nationals (in breach of Section 24 of the Immigration Act and Regulation 18 of the Immigration Regulations).

Her case was, however, discontinued and she was allegedly deported as government officials told the public. Her deportation meant the state discontinued the trial against her.

She, however, found her way back into the country in 2022, leading to her recent arrest by the State’s security agencies. The Court remanded Aisha Huang and three other Chinese nationals into custody to reappear on charges of illegal gold mining and trading.

According to the lead counsel for Aisha Huang, Nkrabea Effah Dartey, the matter in court is a “small matter” that the media has put a premium on. He explained that, the media has overhyped this small matter of mining without a license and doing mineral sales without license.

According to him, Aisha Huang’s case is a small matter, because, it happens every day in Ghana, where people engage in illegal mining and sales of minerals without license.

Charges and facts

Aisha Huang and her compatriots were arraigned on May 9, 2017 for engaging in illegal small-scale mining activities at Bepotenten in the Amansie Central District of the Ashanti Region.

She was charged with three counts for undertaking small-scale mining operations contrary to Section 99(1) of the Minerals and Mining Act, 2006 (Act 703), providing mining support services without valid registration with the Minerals Commission contrary to sections 59 and 99(2) of the Minerals and Mining Act, 2006 (Act 703) and the illegal employment of foreign nationals contrary to section 24 of the Immigration Act, 2000 (Act 573).

The other four accused persons were charged with disobedience of a directive given by or under the Immigration Act, 2000 (Act 573).

According to the prosecution, Aisha had a mining concession at Bepotenten in the Amansie West District in the Ashanti Region and also operated a mining support services company. The four other accused persons, it said, were employed by Aisha to work at the mining site.

The prosecution claims checks at the Minerals Commission revealed that Aisha had no license to operate either a mine or a mining support services company.

Also, they contended that the visas issued to all the five Chinese by the Ghana Embassy in Beijing, China, did not allow them to work in Ghana.

SOURCE: Coverghana.com.gh

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