The Presiding Judge of Koforidua Circuit Court ‘B’ ,Her Honour Mercy Adei Kotei has refused to grant bail to any illegal miners put before...
The Presiding Judge of Koforidua Circuit Court ‘B’ ,Her Honour Mercy Adei Kotei has refused to grant bail to any illegal miners put before her court after several illegal miners jumped bail .
The Koforidua Circuit Court ‘B’ is one of the Courts set up across the Country by the Chief Justice to administer justice on illegal gold mining cases following nationwide clamp down after moratorioum on their activities expired .
Many defiant illegal miners have been arrested by either Operation Vanguard Taskforce or Forestry Taskforce from the nine mining districts in the Eastern Region namely ,East Akim, West Akim, Denkyembour, Atiwa, Fanteakwa, Birim north,Birim Central,Akyemansa and Kwaebibirim ditricts.
Illegal miners initially put before the court were granted bail after pleading not guilty however many jumped compelling the Judge to take entrench position of refusing to grant bail to accused illegal miners put before the court except under justifiable condition.
Several illegal miners including females have been put on remand at the Koforidua Prisons despite plea for bail by their defense consels.
The Court has been swift in convicting many illegal miners found guilty with minimum sentence of three (3) years imprisonment with hard labour and additional fine of Ghc24,000.
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