Lebanese businessman Jamal Hamed has approached the Substantial Court docket demanding $4 million from former To start with Girl Grace Mugabe in defamation payment and damages to his 3 residences that she seized.
Jamal was embroiled in a lawful saga with Grace in excess of a diamond ring when previous President Robert Mugabe was nonetheless at the helm.
In his lawsuit, Jamal mentioned he was a renowned diamond entrepreneur who, between other businesses, trades in diamonds, the two in just and outdoors Zimbabwe.
The businessman cited Grace, her son Russel Goreraza, police officers Kennedy Fero and Nyambo Viera and Law enforcement Commissioner-Basic Godwin Matanga in his official capacity, as respondents in the matter.
In his declaration, Jamal reported among Oct 2016 and December 2017, Grace and Goreraza, induced to be released a statement in link with the diamond ring saga, proclaiming that he experienced breached the conditions and circumstances of the offer.
Robert Mugabe has led Zimbabwe due to the fact 1980, initially as its key minister and then as its president considering that 1987. A single of the most controversial presidents in the African globe, he has been re-elected to the presidency many situations.
Therefore, he reported the printed statements depicted him as a criminal and a legal, tarnishing his picture the two domestically and internationally for which he is demanding US$2 million.
“The 1st and 2nd defendants (Grace and Goreraza) stated on varied instances in their affidavits that the plaintiff (Jamal) breached an agreement for the sale of a diamond ring with the initial defendant, and experienced consequently been deported and or banned from 3 African countries for the reason that of his legal routines,” he explained.
“The fourth and fifth defendants (Fero and Viera) stated on various events in their affidavits that the initially plaintiff was a unsafe global felony with significantly and extensive-ranging legal things to do in Zimbabwe and was currently being sought by Interpol in conditions of a warrant of arrest.”
Jamal, nevertheless, said when the statements have been posted in the regional newspapers, they ended up fake, wrongful and defamatory and have been deliberately intended to decrease his esteem, both equally professionally and personally.
“… They have been recognized by audience of print and on-line publications that the to start with plaintiff is dishonest, does not adhere to good organization ethics and is a felony in that: He is a liar and conman, does not honour his contractual obligations, is a fraudster who does not supply what he is contracted to do and that he is an international criminal,” he said.
Turning to the challenge of his houses, Jamal said the police had been illegally occupying them in spite of an extant eviction courtroom get and as this kind of he was now demanding rentals and damages for all his attributes from Matanga in the sum of US$1 904 000.
Grace and her co-defendants are nevertheless to reply.