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Man caught smuggling huge 'blood diamond' in Frankfurt

AFP · 15 Jan 2010, 16:13

Published: 15 Jan 2010 16:13 GMT+01:00

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The 38-year-old, who has not been named, told customs officials after being detained with a forged visa on Thursday that he intended to use the precious stone to buy cars in Portugal. He also said the stone was worth just €50,000.

But an examination concluded the diamond, around three centimetres high and three centimetres wide, was worth around €2.5 million.

The man, who was unable to produce documentation for the precious jewel, is accused of "a whole range of offences" including breaching international rules meant to stop the trade of "blood diamonds" from conflict areas, customs spokesman Hans-Jürgen Schmidt said.

He also faces charges of smuggling and of withholding around €500,000 in import taxes, and was due to go before an investigating judge late on Friday, Schmidt told AFP.

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"The diamond will most likely be confiscated and go to the German state," Schmidt said. "He will not be a free man whatever happens. The judge will either remand him in custody or he will be deported to Angola."

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09:53 January 16, 2010 by auniquecorn
No that is a hell of a catch, And Bravo customs for catching it. Before seeing the movie Blood Diamond I never thought about what goes into alot of beautiful jewery people wear today.

"The diamond will most likely be confiscated and go to the German state,"

Thats great as long as they spend the millions to educate all the poor refuges from war torn countries that are living in Germany. and not just give them German lessons.
12:38 January 17, 2010 by ECSNatale
Agree, use the money for good!
15:46 January 17, 2010 by ghxv
disagree,the refuges are here and been take care of from shelter ,daily living, also to learn the language and i think that's enough

and don't give us more lessons how to spend our tax money for people who are not contributing anything.
11:28 January 18, 2010 by mixxim
Who is this man? Is he angolan, namibian or what? Presumably with false docs no one knows. Has he claimed asylum yet? What is the total cost of his arrival, legal representation, accommodation, customs time etc? If he stays in Germany what is the likely total cost? Will he need police protection from those whose diamond it was? I suggest his contribution to the economy will be nil.
17:00 January 18, 2010 by William Thirteen
i hestitate to ask exactly where the poor fellow was hiding it....
22:58 January 20, 2010 by Geoff DeVere
Way to go Frankfurt Customs! Crimes like this are not always taken as seriously as they should be. And I agree that the money from the diamond should go to Germany. That is the best way to teach criminals that this sort of thing will not be tolerated.

BTW, I was in Frankfurt just recently and had a great time.

Geoffrey "Ragnar" DeVere

Portland, Oregon USA
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