Man tries to smuggle R20m in diamonds

2012-11-14 09:48

Johannesburg - A Lebanese man was arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle diamonds worth about R20m out of OR Tambo International Airport, the Hawks said on Wednesday.

Police, responding to a tip-off, arrested the 25-year-old on a plane about to leave for Dubai on Tuesday night, Captain Paul Ramaloko said.

"We recovered 220 pieces of diamonds which he had swallowed shortly after his arrest."

In March another Lebanese man, aged 27, was arrested at the airport and diamonds worth R15m were recovered. Ramaloko said police believed the two were part of a diamond-smuggling syndicate.

He would appear in the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

Investigations were continuing.

  • michael.horton.566790 - 2012-11-14 09:59

    Lambaste me if you want to cause I know this is a stupid question... But where do they get these diamonds from?

      JohhnyBGood - 2012-11-14 10:09

      Was wondering the same thing. Maybe from the Zim mines up north. Mugababa and his cronies are enriching themselves from those mines. - 2012-11-14 10:21

      @michael there are lots of diamond diggers that has valid licenses but do not want to sell through formal channels, due to pricing; taxes; commissions; etc. so they sell to guys like these for cash at normally much lower prices .... there are 100's of diggers in North West and Northern Cape...

      DrGonzoSA - 2012-11-14 10:51

      Marange in Zimbabwe

      isaac.tapfumaneyi.5 - 2012-11-14 14:25

      always blaming zim on all yo problems.shame. your gvnt is corrupt period i know its difficult to swallow but hey looting is looting

      johnnie.concrete.1 - 2012-11-15 11:30

      Zimbabwe, have you not heard what has been happening with the money from these diamonds, all to Bobby MuGarbage and his bumchums some in SA too, and the stones are going all around the world, this is the african way ,Plunder,Consume,Implode and SA is getting closer, have a look at Genocidewatch

      lufefe.tabata - 2012-11-23 10:37

      Theres a working power behind... We myt neva know... Greediness laid a solid foundation for corruption... A leader has to be an example to his pepow... President Zuma aint one... So how can u expect his followers to b clean wen he aint... He cnt even say a mumbling word to em bwt corruption... His corrupt himself...

  • lulama - 2012-11-14 10:02

    It's about time we start killing all criminals.

      brad.ken.18 - 2012-11-14 10:16

      Islamic, Sharia Law!!! Chop of the hands, and let their head roll in public! And by the way, start with Zuma!

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-11-14 10:16

      In South Africa's case that would require genocide...

      linda.horsfield.77 - 2012-11-14 10:20

      If we did that there would be nobody left in government!

      brad.ken.18 - 2012-11-14 10:23

      All the more reason to start!

  • vambozha.mutemi.9 - 2012-11-14 10:03

    he was greedy thats why there was a tip-off. Always share your loot equally!

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-11-14 10:27

    Let me get this correct,,, he swollowed 220 diamonds shortly after his arrest????? Was no one watching him. Or has the journo got a babbalas again. - 2012-11-14 10:45

      @jayson I don't give a hoot for people NOT watching him swallow the stuff .... I am just glad I wasn't the official RETRIEVING the swallowed diamonds.... Picture this: the official going to the toilet with the culprit with a siv and a sorting knife .... LOL OMG!!

      jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-11-14 10:55

      Yep, gives a new meaning to the word,, digging for diamonds. Gross

  • AceOfSpades - 2012-11-14 10:30

    He swallowed them, so the police had to wait for him to crap them out and sift the poo?

  • mphela.kelatu - 2012-11-14 10:41

    one i said i saw an old jewish chap @ mandela squaer selling dose priciuors stones in one of de expansive watch shop....

      serena.johnston.7 - 2012-11-14 11:53

      What you on about?

      Gordon20 - 2012-11-14 12:35

      proof that the Education system isn't working..........

  • jaburonnie.jabu - 2012-11-14 10:43

    how do they get hold of those diamond cause every one is corrupt in south africa i want to own kandla me too they can help cause workers are the poorest here in south africa

      DrGonzoSA - 2012-11-14 10:54

      Have a look at artisanal miners in DRC or Zimbabwe, the conditions they work in and what they get paid. SA miners are among the BEST paid in Africa

  • Genesistt - 2012-11-14 11:13

    Were the diamonds cut or uncut? Just curious.

  • MrDinwiddie - 2012-11-14 11:15

    How big r these diamonds to be worth so much? If the 220 pieces r worth R20m the he'd have paid around R90k for just 1. That's no small diamond

  • khanyisile.motaung - 2012-11-14 11:31

    he went pass the airport check point , and was arrested after a tip-off and if it wastnt 4 the tip-off what would had happen? - 2012-11-14 13:05

      He would be a nervous wreck until he clears customs and check-points at the arrivals side of his destination ... only THEN can he relax and start counting the profits

  • fredster.mania.5 - 2012-11-14 11:51

    ...very expensive poop coming

  • riotousr - 2012-11-14 12:08

    Now you wonder why all this illegal mining goes on unabated.

  • johnwilliam.roberts - 2012-11-14 12:12


  • riotousr - 2012-11-14 12:13

    Badih Chabaan probably knows this guys. They originate from the same country. Now we know how Badih Chabaan finances his National People's Party. Where there is a noice maker there's got to be a big mouth lined with gold.

  • sasie.siphuma - 2012-11-14 12:37

    tip offs hmmmmmm imagine sitting comfortably in a plane deep down you are like i have done it, shame.

  • siphobongohead - 2012-11-14 12:44

    They buy them from corrupt government staff

  • isaac.tapfumaneyi.5 - 2012-11-14 14:18

    sa should be banned from selling diamonds and slapped with sanctions

  • lufefe.tabata - 2012-11-23 10:43

    Lol its funny that trevor noah ones said to one of his shows... Its either the machines dont work or the securities dont know how to operate them... If it wasnt for the tip off that dude wud hav went through with the diamonds... Du we really need security or js hawks n tips off??? That dude went thru em scanners... Rottonin SA makes me notious...

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