Zimbabwe Charges Israeli Man With Diamond Smuggling

rough diamond-Israel Diamond InstituteAuthorities in Zimbabwe say they have charged an Israeli man with attempting to smuggle over 1,400 stones out of the country, according to a report in The Zimbabwean.

The Israeli is alleged to have boarded a plane carrying 1.7 kilograms worth of uncut diamonds that are believed to have been taken from the Chiadzwa alluvial fields, The Zimbabwean reported.

He was arrested at Harare airport just as he was about to board a flight to South Africa, according to authorities.
The diamonds that were allegedly found to be in his possession are said to be worth $2 million. According to The Zimbabwean, the Israeli has professed his innocence, claiming that he was framed by a person close to him.

The Israeli appeared before a Harare court last week, where he was accused of unlawful possession of stones as well as visa violations, The Zimbabwean reported. He was ordered to surrender his passport and released on $5,000 bail. His case will be heard later this week.

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