Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Marange diamonds: Zimbabwe denies 'torture camp'

BBC News "Zimbabwe has dismissed as 'ridiculous' allegations by BBC Panorama that security forces run a torture camp in its rich Marange diamond fields.

The programme heard from victims who told of beatings and sexual assault.

Mines Minister Obert Mpofu told Agence France-Presse the claims were 'nonsense'.

He said the allegations were based on false information intended to prevent the country benefiting from its diamond sales.

'That is a ridiculous allegation from the desperate BBC,' Mr Mpofu told AFP."