$54M missing diamonds trial rescheduled as both sides unprepared

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High Court Judge Justice Fidela Corbin-Lincoln has set the $54M missing diamonds case for October 24.

About four witnesses are set to testify in the case when the matter comes up for trial in two months’ time before Justice Corbin-Lincoln.

The diamonds were taken in as evidence by police after it was recovered following a 1994 robbery investigation. However, the merchandise which belonged to businessman Ronald Khan vanished from police custody.

When the matter came up for hearing on Thursday, Solicitor General (SG) Kym Kyte-Thomas, who represented the Attorney General’s Chambers revealed that locating many documents was proving difficult as the matter stemmed from 1994 and was based in Mahdia.

The judge said that the State was not prepared to present documents the plaintiff requested since May while the plaintiff did not file submissions relating to limitation claims.

She gave the SG until September 14 to produce Khan’s witness statement while Nigel Hughes, attorney for the plaintiff, was given the said date to file his submissions.

“Both sides appeared on the wrong foot,” Justice Corbin-Lincoln said.

It was in 2011 that Khan filed legal action against the State when he moved to get back his uncut diamonds which the Police found some time after his Ewang Creek, mining camp in Region Eight was robbed in 1994.

The AG’s chambers had sent out notices for several retired police ranks, many of who are now elderly men.

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