"I was beaten until I fainted. When I return to consciousness it was dark. The next day I crawled back." Testimonies from the mine in which Leviev is a partner [Angola]

Author: Itai Ro, Globes (Israel’s Business Arena) [Article translated from Hebrew for Adalah-NY by Rann Bar-on], Published on: 4 December 2008

Deloy Mpemba lives in Luremo...Nearby is mine operated by...Luminas - a partnership between Leviev, the Angola National Diamond Industry and a local retired general...Locals, who search for diamonds to avoid starvation are designated 'pirate miners'. They are easy prey for Luminas' security company. On May 17, Mpemba...encountered a armed group of...guards hired by K&P Mineira..."They beat me until my buttocks were swollen and I passed out," testified Mpemba...This testimony was published in a report...in mid-2006 by Rafael Marques...Marques...said that since the publication of his report “the incidents of arbitrary violence have decreased in number, but the problems with the illegal miners continue...[T]he area...remains poor even by Angolan standards..."The Kimberly process in Angola is a farce," adds Marques...Associate[s] of Leviev agree that they in fact have no idea where the diamonds that Ascorp [Angola Selling Corporation, joint venture Endiama, Lev Leviev Group, Omega Diamonds] purchases from the unlicensed miners come from...they sa[id:] "not everything is rosy."..."It is true that it is possible that diamonds are passed on from Congo..."...On the cases of abuse: Initially...claimed that the report did not include any cases attributed to their security company...On the claims that transactions take place without documentation and in cash:"The state runs the business..."...[also refers to Sodiam (part of Endiama)]

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Related companies: ASCORP (Angola Selling Corporation) (joint venture Endiama, Lev Leviev Group, Omega Diamonds) Endiama (Empresa Nacional de Diamantes de Angola) Lev Leviev Group Luminas (Sociedade Mineira de Luminas) (joint venture Lev Leviev, Endiama & Twins Ltd) SODIAM (part of Endiama)