The arrested Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation and Canadile Minersâ€™ top executives appeared before Provincial magistrate, Mr Mishrod Guvamombe on Monday and have been remanded in custody to Tuesday for bail ruling.
The defence team made its submissions contesting the placing of the accused persons on remand.
The defense team for Lovemore Kurotwi led by Mr George Chikumbirike made the submissions for separate charging of the accused persons, while at the same time accusing the state for contempt of court after arguing that Kurotwi was supposed to have been released over the weekend as instructed by the court.
It is alleged that Kurotwi of Canadile misrepresented to the government that he had the capacity to invest in a joint venture with the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation to mine diamonds in Chiadzwa.
The ZMDC officials including the suspended chief executive officer Dominic Mubaiwa, Gloria Mawarire, Tichaona Muhonde, Ashton Ndlovu and Mark Tsomondo are facing charges of fraud and abuse of office as public officers after they failed to establish that Kurotwi and his company had no capacity to exploit the diamonds.
The state is expected to make its submissions on the bail application this Tuesday.