A Kumasi High Court has slapped government with a $15.3 million judgment debt for the unlawful seizure of excavators.
It has also ordered that government pays the mining company, Heritage Imperial Limited an amount of ¢600,000. This amount was awarded to the mining firm prospecting for gold in the Apamprama Forest Reserve in the Amansie West District of the Ashanti Region.
On December 6, 2018, the company’s concession was raided by the Inter-Ministerial Taskforce on Illegal Mining under the suspicion of engaging in activities outside their mandate.
According to the task force, the company had been mining illegally even though the license granted them only allowed for prospecting.
In court, lawyers for the mining firm argued that they procured a prospecting mining licence from the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources on October 25, 2018.
The plaintiffs say they stuck to this commitment until the raid was conducted on their concession by the task force where their excavators and other equipment were confiscated in December that same year.