Diamond dealing accused wants his gems back

2010-08-04 00:00

MABEEN Ganie, a Pietermaritzburg man charged with unlawful possession of 20 unpolished diamonds worth R60 000, has documentary proof that he is the legal owner of the stones and he wants them back, the regional court here was told yesterday.

When Ganie (29) of Mountain Rise appeared briefly in court yesterday, it emerged that the state is not in possession of the docket and does not know where it is.

Regional magistrate Rose Mogwera was informed that the investigating officer also does not know where the docket is , and that the only person who can shed light on its whereabouts is away on sick leave.

Before the case was adjourned, Ganie’s attorney, Mahomed Essa, said he was instructed by his client to ask the court to make an order for the release of the diamonds, which were seized at the time of Ganie’s arrest in October last year.

Essa said Ganie has spoken to the investigating officer in the matter who has promised that the diamonds will be released, but this has not been done.

“Our concern is that diamonds depreciate in value over a period of time. We have documentary proof that the same belong to the accused,” said Essa.

He added that the state is also in possession of these documents or certificates relating to the diamonds.

He asked for the state to give the accused a response to his request the next time the case is in court; alternatively, the defence would have to ask the court to make a ruling in that regard.

Ganie was arrested on October 23, 2009, for allegedly being found in possession of 20 unpolished diamonds worth R60 000 in Thomas Street.

He was also charged with possession of one gram of cocaine.

Ganie was released on bail of R20 000, ordered to surrender his passport and to report daily to police at Mountain Rise.

T he Witness reported at the time that Ganie was arrested while sitting in his vehicle with the diamonds, allegedly en route to meet a prospective buyer.

Ganie’s father, Osman Ganie, is a well known local businessman and former Msunduzi city councillor.

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