Diamond firm acquitted

A diamond processing company has been acquitted of dealing in or possessing diamonds without a licence. Harare magistrate, Kudakwashe Jarabini, ruled that the State had failed to prove a prima-facie case against Pamenta Investments.

The company, represented by its Director, Bernard Mutanga, denied charges of dealing or possessing precious stones without a licence and failure to make quarterly returns to the Minerals Marketing Corporation.

“The accused cannot be put to his defence to bolster the weak State case and is hereby discharged on the grounds that there is no evidence on which a reasonable court acting carefully might safely convict him,” said Jarabini. Detectives and officials from the MMCZ and Ministry of Mines and Mining Development were auditing the company in 2011when they discovered that the company had bought 404,85 carats of diamonds from MMCZ without a valid permit or licence to possess diamonds.

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