101 Chinese miners held in Ghana released on bail

Last Updated: Friday, October 19, 2012 - 18:22

Beijing: A group of 101 Chinese miners detained in Ghana last week on charges of illegal gold mining have been released on bail, officials said on Friday.

The group, suspected of illegal gold mining were released on bail on Wednesday, China`s Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said.

Ghana has set up a team to investigate the issue, including the incident of the death of a Chinese national, Hong told reporters here.

The 101 miners were bailed after joint efforts by the Chinese foreign ministry and the Chinese embassy in the African nation, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

The miners were detained and a 16-year-old Chinese national was shot dead during a joint action by Ghana`s police and immigration officials to investigate illegal gold mining by foreigners in the Ashanti region last week.
Hong said the Chinese embassy will deal with the follow-up issues of the incident.


First Published: Friday, October 19, 2012 - 18:22

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