isputed Galamey Kingpin En Huang, also known as Aisha Huang, has fired the legal team defending her in the ongoing trial, including Captain Nkrabea Effah Dartey.
Since her initial arraignment on September 16, the seasoned attorney and his team have been defending the Chinese national who is being tried for four charges.
However, after last Wednesday’s proceedings, on November 16, Aisha Huang allegedly gave Effah Dartey the order to skip today’s sitting, according to Murtala Inusah, Legal Affairs Correspondent for the EIB Network.
A new team of attorneys, Attorneys Miracle Atta-Chey and Hope Agboado, appeared in court on Monday, November 21, when the case was called.
When Mrs Yvonne Attakora Oboubisah, Director of Public Prosecutions, enquired whether
Justice Lydia Osei Marfo of the court added that she believes the accused fired Effah Dartey as a defence attorney.
What motivated her choice was not immediately apparent.
Attorney Effah Dartey requested that the court accommodate him at the next scheduled hearing on November 17 rather than the previous one on November 16, 2022, because he had an appointment with his doctors at the 37 Military Hospital that day.
It was anticipated that attorney Effah Dartey would continue the cross-examination of the third prosecution witness Nana Sarfo Prempah, a divisional chief at Ashanti Agogo Traditional Area (Ntotoe Division).
The notorious galamsey kingpin has pleaded not guilty to four charges, including returning to Ghana without a permit from the Ghana Immigration Service’s Comptroller General.