Monday, September 12, 2011

Diamond activist barred from leaving

Farai Maguwu an activist who has campaigned for an international ban on diamonds from Marange was stopped from leaving Harare on Saturday after having his passport seized.

Farai Maguwu, the point man for an international diamond lobby against Zimbabwe diamonds, was due to attend a two-day conference which began on Monday in Ireland.
But his lawyers say his airline boarding pass was seized along with his passport, laptop and personal notebooks.

Denford Halimani, his lawyer, said Maguwu's luggage was taken off the plane and also "tampered with."

Maguwu was jailed for five weeks earlier this year for allegedly releasing information on alleged killings and violence in eastern Zimbabwe's controversy-mired diamond fields.
He was scheduled to speak at the Dublin Platform for Human Rights Defenders Sept. 14-16.

No official explanation was given. Lawyers immediately sought a court ruling allowing him to travel. A decision was expected on Monday.

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