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Zimbabwe government stealing diamond funds: Report

  • Associated Press
  • November 12, 2012 - 4:26 AM

VICTORIA FALLS, Zimbabwe - A leading diamond trade watchdog charges that $2 billion worth of diamonds have been stolen from Zimbabwe's eastern diamond fields and have enriched President Robert Mugabe's ruling circle and international gem dealers.

Partnership Africa Canada — a member of the Kimberley Process, the world regulatory body on the diamond trade — issued a report Monday that alleges Zimbabwe's Marange fields have been plundered by the Mugabe regime.

The report said vast earnings from Zimbabwe's eastern Marange fields — one of the world's biggest diamond deposits — have not reached the state treasury. The PAC report, released Monday to coincide with the Zimbabwe government's conference on the diamond trade here in Victoria Falls, casts a shadow over the Mugabe regime's effort to win international respectability for its gem trade.

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