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Chinese woman in Rosewood saga deported

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Huang Yanfeng, aka Helena Huang, the Chinese woman who is standing trial for allegedly transporting a large quantity of Rosewood to Tema for export to China illegally has been deported.
Officials of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), who made this known in Accra yesterday, said Huang was deported for engaging in illicit business while in the country and subsequently revoked her resident permit.

A notice signed by the Comptroller-General of Immigration, Mr Kwame Esuah Takyi, informing Huang of the decision read: “You are hereby informed that your permit to remain in Ghana has been revoked. Therefore, your continuous presence in Ghana is unlawful.”

The letter, a copy of which the Daily Graphic has sighted, stated: “The Comptroller-General of Immigration, acting in accordance with Section 21 of the Immigration Act, 2000 (Act 573), has ordered that you be repatriated from Ghana to your home country, China.”

A statement confirming the deportation, which was released in Accra yesterday, and signed by the Head of Public Affairs at the GIS, Mr Michael Amoako-Atta, said the GIS had also informed the relevant institutions, including the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration as well as missions abroad to refuse her visa to facilitate her entry into the country in future.

The Daily Graphic gathered that the 43-year-old woman left the country on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 aboard Egypt Air Flight MS882, operated by Boeing 737-866, to Cairo, en route to Beijing, China.

The flight departed the Kotoka International Airport at 1.53 p.m., 13 minutes later than its scheduled departure at 1.40 p.m., and landed in Cairo at 9:51 p.m., nine minutes ahead of schedule.

Huang jumped bail about eight weeks ago after she had been granted a police enquiry bail.

The Tamale Circuit Court, presided over by Mr Justice Twumasi Appiah, on May 13 granted a journalist, Mohammed Bondirigbun, who had stood surety for her, bail in the sum of GH¢3,000, with two sureties of public officers who earn a minimum of GH¢3,000 or property worth GH¢150,000.
He was also given two weeks to produce the suspect.

When Huang appeared in court on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, the court referred her to the GIS to look into her documents for further investigations and acquitted Bondirigbun.

The Northern Regional Commander of Immigration, Chief Supt William Appiah Andoh, said then that Huang would be transferred to Accra for further investigations.

Source: Graphic Online

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