Grace Mugabe facing R58m legal row over botched diamond ring deal

Grace Mugabe facing R58m legal row over botched diamond ring deal

- Grace Mugabe will be challenging a R58 million lawsuit over a botched diamond ring deal

- This comes after diamond dealer, Jamal Hamed's properties were illegally seized after failing to repay an advance on a ring

- The businessman is seeking damages after Mugabe claimed he was an international criminal in court documents

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Former Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe is heading to court over a US$ 3.9 million (R58.8 million) lawsuit.

TimesLIVE reports that Grace, her son Russell Goreraza as well as the Zimbabwe Republic Police are facing summonses after Mugabe forcibly seized diamond dealer Jamal Hamed's properties.

The properties had reportedly been taken after Hamed failed to repay R21.1 million paid in advance for a diamond ring.

In a 2016 court ruling had seen Mugabe and the other parties ordered to return the properties. Now, Hamed has summoned Mugabe to court, demanding R30 million in compensation for damages to his reputation.

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Mugabe and her co-accused had filed statements claiming the diamond dealer was a dangerous international criminal, engaged in illicit activity in Zimbabwe and sought by Interpol.

Hamed insists that the statements were false and painted him as a criminal who didn't adhere to business ethics.

A further R28.6 million is being demanded over damages incurred during the illegal occupation of the properties and other related issues.

News24 reported in 2018 that Grace's legal team, who previously represented her in the legal battle, had filled their own charges after Mugabe failed to fork over R4.1 million in legal fees.

Mugabe has reportedly employed the services of Hussein Ranchhod & Co to represent her in the saga. reported that after the death of her husband and former president Robert Mugabe, Grace had been at odds with the Zimbabwean government over burial plans.

The state had wished to bury Mugabe in Harare, resulting in a dispute over his final resting place, with the ex-president's wishes to be laid to rest in his home village eventually being honoured.

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