diamonds11.jpgPolice have arrested an African Consolidated Resources (ACR) Finance Officer Mr. Ian Harold Harris for allegedly misrepresenting facts in acquiring diamond mining claims in Chiadzwa. Harris is on Monday expected to appear before a Mutare Magistrate Court on four counts of fraud and one count of contravening a section of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act.


The arrest of  Mr. Ian Harold Harris who is a Financial Officer with African Consolidated Resources ACR which is involved in the on-going legal ownership battle to the Chiadzwa diamond field follows his acquisition of 214 diamond mining claims in 2006 after allegedly misrepresenting facts to the Mining Commissioner of Mutare in registering the claims.


Mr. Harris is believed to have acquired the claims on false premises that he was director of three companies, Possession Investments Services Limited, Heavy Stuff Investment Company and Olebille Investments, all of which at that time did not exist.


ZRP Senior Assistant Commissioner Wayne Bvudzijena confirmed the arrest and said Harold is expected to appear before a Mutare magistrate court facing charges of contravening section 136 of the Criminal Law Codification and Reform Act as well as four counts of fraud.


Meanwhile, Isaac Giles Ruswa of the Mutare Commissioner’s Office who is believed to have issued the claims has appeared in court facing four counts of contravening section 4(a) of the Prevention of Corruption Act Chapter 9:16 and contravening section 174(1) of the Criminal Law for criminal abuse of public office in issuing 214 diamond claims to three non-existent companies.
In a related incident Jonathan Samukange of Venturas and Samukange Legal Practitioners has been summoned to appear at the Harare Magistrate Court on May 10 2010 to answer charges of perjury which arise from an affidavit he deposed in connection with the arrest, early this year of Andrew Cranswick also of Africa Consolidated Resources.