Zimbabwe

Ex-cop gets 18 years' for killing miner

2012-07-05 22:11
Diamonds. <a href="http://www.shutterstock.com">Shutterstock</a>

Diamonds. Shutterstock

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Special Report

Zimbabwe won't starve, VP Mphoko insists
Zimbabwe won't starve, VP Mphoko insists

Zimbabwean Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko says the country won’t starve, despite reports this week that at least 1.5 million people are at risk of going hungry after a fall in the maize production.

Harare - A Zimbabwe court jailed on Thursday a former senior police officer for 18 years for beating to death a diamond miner in 2008, the first conviction related to alleged abuses at the mines.

The High Court found Joseph Chani, 51, a former police chief superintendent, guilty of murdering the illegal diamond panner in Zimbabwe's Marange fields and the assault of three others.

Prosecutors said Chani, who retired from the police force during his trial, beat Tsorotsai Kusena, 37, with clubs, leading to his death.

Judge Hlekani Mwayera said the police officer would also serve three years concurrently for the assault of the three other panners.

Junior police officers and soldiers who guard the fields gave evidence during the trial about how Chani had assaulted the small-scale miners.

The Marange fields have been at the centre of a years-long controversy over alleged abuses by President Robert Mugabe's army, and the Kimberley Process once suspended exports from there.

But last year the international watchdog cleared Zimbabwe to export from Marange, the site of one of Africa's biggest diamond finds in recent years.

Rights groups have alleged gross human rights violations in the Marange fields, when the Zimbabwean army cleared small-scale miners from the area in late 2008.

Human Rights Watch says more than 200 people were killed in the operation.

Read more on:    robert mugabe  |  zimbabwe  |  southern africa
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
2 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is a strong desire to connect and participate in group related gatherings. You may feel the need to bond or connect with a...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.