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Vol 41 No 12

Published 9th June 2000


Congo-Kinshasa

Glittering prizes II

The arrest in Kinshasa of Mines Minister Frédéric Kibassa Maliba and Economy Minister Bemba Saolona raises more doubts about the planned launching of Oryx Diamonds on the London Stock Exchange on 13 June (AC Vol 41 No 11). Maliba and Saolona (whose son, Jean-Pierre Bemba, leads a north-western based rebel movement) have been accused of 'obstructing' an investigation into the undervaluation of diamonds seized at Kinshasa's N'djili Airport. The diamonds were bound for Belgium.

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