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New NGO report says Zimbabwe's ruling elite linked to "disappearing diamonds"

Author: Al Jazeera (Qatar), Published on: 24 September 2017

"Zimbabwe ruling elite linked to 'disappearing diamonds', 11 Sept 2017

In a report published on Monday, London-based Global Witness accused Zimbabwe's Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) spy agency of holding a concealed stake in Kusena Diamonds - a company active in the Marange diamond fields in eastern Zimbabwe. The group's report, An Inside Job, suggests diamonds produced by the CIO-linked company were traded in Belgium's Antwerp and the UAE's Dubai - two of the world's leading precious stone marketplaces - and may have funded political repression. The report accused "Zimbabwe's highly partisan and oppressive military" of having significant links to another Marange diamond company, Anjin...In a statement, the Antwerp World Diamond Centre denied on Monday that Zimbabwean diamonds sold by its auction in 2013 and 2014 breached European sanctions.

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