Zimbabwe: Country Holds Secret Marange Diamond Sale
Radio France Internationale (Paris)
14 September 2010
Zimbabwe held a secret auction of diamonds from its Marange fields, where the army has been accused of forced labour and torture, an official said Tuesday.
“Yes, the sales were carried out this weekend,” Secretary for Mines Thankful Musukutwa told AFP, without giving further details.
The auction on Saturday and Sunday was supervised by Abbey Chikane, the monitor from the international Kimberley Process watchdog, another official said on condition of anonymity.
Kimberley Process is charged with preventing the sale of “blood diamonds” used to fuel armed conflicts.
In November the regulator banned sale of the gems from Marange after its investigators found soldiers had beaten nearby residents and [continue reading]