Zimbabwe Magistrate Clever Tsikwa acquitted Shmuel Kainan Klein, an Israeli pilot, of allegedly possessing 8,486 carats of diamonds illegally with the intent to smuggle them out of the country. Tsikwa determined that the evidence presented by the state failed to prove their allegations beyond a reasonable doubt.
Klein maintained his innocence since being arrested in March at Harare airport when authorities confiscated about $2 million worth of rough stones from his luggage.
Tsikwa found that Klein held the necessary documentation proving that he was a registered agent of Masri Diamonds Company based in Israel, according to ZimEye. Klein’s lawyer, Jonathan Samukange, has stated that the police who arrested his client stole 2,000 carats of diamonds.