The Chinese Embassy in Ghana has condemned increasing reports about Chinese nationals involved in illegal activities especially in mining communities across the country.
The embassy in a statement said it supports the government of Ghana’s decision to crack down on galamsey activities.
The press release follows growing agitation after the re-arrest of galamsey queen, Aisha Huang and other Chinese nationals in the past few days.
In official remarks by a spokesperson, the Embassy reiterated that the Chinese government has always asked citizens overseas to abide by the laws and regulations of the host country.
The Embassy however cautioned against the abuse of the rights of suspects in its custody.
“We respect the Ghanaian side to deal with the relevant case according to the law. We hope the Ghanaian side fully safeguards the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens,” the Embassy said in a press release.
“The Chinese government has always requested Chinese citizens overseas to abide by the laws and regulations of the host country, firmly opposes Chinese citizens to engage in any illegal activities in any country, and supports the Ghanaian government to fight against illegal mining according to the law,” it added
On Thursday, five Chinese nationals were arrested in the Ellembelle district following investigations into the missing excavator saga in which the MCE of the area was also picked up.
On Monday, news about Aisha Huang’s arrest shocked the entire nation amidst attacks on the Chinese government for sponsoring such activities perceived to be tied to loans.
The galamsey kinpin who has een remanded into Police custody is expected to reappear next Wednesday, September 14.
The Attorney-General, Godfred Yeboah Dame, is set to prosecute her for her past and recent crimes.