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Maguwu trade-off frees Zimbabwe diamonds


The World Diamond Council (WDC) yesterday authorised the Kimberley Process to certify diamonds from Chiadzwa. The global diamond watchdog will make two trips to Zimbabwe in August and September for the purpose. This comes after the country met the WDC’s condition to release Farai Maguwu.
The rights activist was released on Monday.
President of the WDC Eli Izhakoff said Muguwu’s release was “a welcome step” that will let the KP get back to the “real issues”.
Izhakoff said in a statement yesterday that the WDC hoped the charges against Maguwu would be completely dropped.
Stakeholders in the diamond industry had given Maguwu’s release as a condition for allowing Zimbabwe’s diamonds to be certified by the KP. Maguwu was released on Monday ahead of a crucial WDC meeting in Russia to decide the fate of Zimbabwe’s diamonds.
He had spent over a month in custody for allegedly spreading falsehoods prejudicial to the state.
Maguwu was arrested after he allegedly met KP monitor to Zimbabwe Abbey Chikane with information pertaining to the goings-on at Chiadzwa.
His arrest and detention infuriated civil groups both at home and abroad who campaigned for his release.
Activists wearing T-shirts with the slogan “Free Farai” protested at the KP Inter-sessional meeting in Israel last month.
High Court judge Justice Garainesu Mawadze freed Maguwu on $1 500 bail and other stringent conditions.
Maguwu was ordered to surrender his passport, reside at the home address he gave to the court until finalisation of the matter and report daily to Mutare Central Police Station. He was restricted to a 40-km radius of Mutare and only allowed to travel to Harare to attend court.

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