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Fight over 'missing' $63m pink diamond gets rough

Published on Apr 2, 2014 2:53 AM

GENEVA (AFP) - The mystery behind the disappearance of a US$50 million (S$63 million) diamond from a Geneva-based storage firm deepened Tuesday, as the company accused of losing the jewel branded the alleged victim a con-man.

The Geneva prosecutor's office confirmed Tuesday it had opened an investigation into the alleged disappearance of a 50.66-carat pink diamond being held by storage and transport firm Malca-Amit.

"Malca-Amit denies any involvement in the alleged disappearance of the diamond and is fully cooperating with authorities," the company's Geneva manager Francisco Bautista told AFP, blaming the South African-Guinean diamond trader who had filed the suit.

Sylla Moussa, head of the Johannesburg-based Sylla Diamond International, told AFP he had filed a complaint against the company last September after the gem vanished.

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