The Attorney General has asked lawyers to refrain from making misleading comments about the ruling in Aisha Huang's case.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, December 5, Godfred Yeboah Dame said he had noted "various misleading comments by some sections of the public in reaction to the judgment" including lawyers.
"The Attorney-General hereby respectfully, entreats members of the public including lawyers, to be mindful of the facts stated above and desist from comments which not only jeopardise the sound and efficient administration of justice but also undermine the fight against illegal mining (galamsey),” stated the AG.
The statement comes after criticism of Aisha Huang being sentenced under the Minerals and Mining Act 900 instead of Act 995 which is more harsher.
However, the AG explained that Act 900 was in effect when Huang committed her initial offences, and per the constitution penalties cannot be severer than what applied at the time of the offense.
Nonetheless, the AG plans to appeal "to test the soundness of the decision...and ensure that the new sentencing regime imposed by Act 995 is applied."