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Diamond bosses indictment deferred


The indictment of the alleged diamond fraudsters continues to hang in the balance following the postponement of the whole process to Monday next week.

The postponement of the indictment was occasioned by the state led by the Director of Public Prosecutions Florence Ziyambi who indicated to provincial magistrate Mishrod Guvamombe that the defence team of lawyers had not been supplied with all the necessary papers.

Ziyambi said there were some exhibits that still needed to be photocopied and handed over to the lawyers before the indictment process could begin although the papers were ready.

It was clear in the morning when all other five accused persons were present that nothing would materialise as evidenced by the absence of one of the accused persons, Lovemore Kurotwi.

Kurotwi was not placed on remand and the state could only proceed against him by way of summons and his absence indicated that it was highly unlikely that he was served with the summons.

As the battle for control and ownership of the precious gems between Core Mining and Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC) continues only time will tell as to when the trial of the six diamond bosses will commence.

The six accused who are awaiting indictment to the High Court are, the director of Core Mining and Mineral Resources Lovemore Kurotwi, former ZMDC chief executive officer Dominic Mubaiwa, former legal advisor and company Secretary John Tichaona Muhonde, former ZMDC acting chairperson Gloria Mawarire, former ZMDC director Ashton Sibusiso Ndlovu and former ZMDC board member of the technical committee, Mark Tsomondo.

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