The Brussels justice department is investigating the probable theft of diamonds seized by the Antwerp research section in 2004. The Prosecutor’s office spokesman, Ine Van Wymersch, talked to the De Tijd newspaper on Wednesday. The diamonds were seized during a fraud investigation, which was managed by Commissioner Agim.D at the time. He is today being charged with laundering. The Antwerp Prosecutor’s office investigated four diamond companies, as they bought 60 million dollars’ worth of “blood diamonds”, from the Angola conflict. The main suspects were Shallop Diamonds and Lion’s Diamonds. The two companies were eventually acquitted.
Lion’s Diamonds got several of the seized diamonds back, but to the company’s surprise, they were worth four times less than when they were seized. They should have been worth two or three times more than before. Theories that the diamonds have been exchanged or stolen were rejected as “impossible”.
The Brussels justice department is handling the case after a complaint was lodged against X.
Maria Novak (Source: Belga)