high court building.jpg5 of the 6 diamond mining executives arrested last week have been released from custody with only suspended Zimbabwe Diamond Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC) Chief Executive Officer, Dominic Mubayiwa, remaining behind bars.

 

The 6 diamond mining executives allegedly misled government into partnering with an undeserving company in the mining of Marange diamonds.

4 ZMDC executives accused of fraudently acquiring diamond claims in the Chiadzwa area were granted bail by Provincial Magistrate, Mr Mishrod Guvamombe at the Magistrate Court in Harare on Wednesday, while Core Mining Director, Lovemore Kurotwi, was released from custody after a High Court order.

The 4, Gloria Mawarire [39], Ashton Sibusiso Ndlovu (48), Mark Tsomondo (53) and John Tichaona Muhondo (33) were each granted bail and asked to pay US$2 000, submit their passports to the police and report daily to the Criminal Investigations Department in Harare between 7am to 7pm.

They were also barred from travelling beyond a 40 km radius from Harare’s CBD and instructed not to interfere with State witnesses.

The State had initially opposed bail for the 6, but later consented except for Mubayiwa and Kurotwi.

Mubayiwa’s bail application was opposed by the State represented by Ms Florence Ziyambi and Mr Chris Tofa Mutangadura, who felt that more investigations by the police was needed.

Kurotwi’s defence lawyer, Mr George Chikumikire, applied for bail to the High Court which ordered that the Core Mining Director should be freed.

The case has been adjourned to the 18th of November 2010.