Grace Mugabe, Zimbabwe First Lady, SUES Paper Over WikiLeaks Diamonds Story

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HARARE, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwe’s first lady has filed a $15 million lawsuit against a popular independent newspaper after they published a story citing WikiLeaks cables alleging her involvement in illegal diamond deals, the paper’s chief said Thursday.

Raphael Khumalo, chief executive at the Zimbabwe Standard, a Sunday weekly, said court documents were served by lawyers representing President Robert Mugabe’s wife, Grace.

The newspaper has faced several lawsuits over its reporting. Its editor was arrested last month over reports relating to military recruitment.

In a WikiLeaks cable dated 2008, former U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe James McGee says Grace Mugabe and Gideon Gono, the governor of the state central bank, “reaped tremendous profits” from corruption and violence-plagued diamond fields in eastern Zimbabwe. The newspaper ran its story on Dec. 12.

Mugabe’s submissions to the High Court in Harare posted Wednesday said the president’s wife described McGee’s remarks as being “false, scandalous, malicious, wrongful and defamatory.”

McGee implied she was complicit in human rights violations and crimes two years before the world diamond control body authorized limited international sales of Zimbabwe’s alluvial diamonds in the deposits discovered in 2006.

She questioned why only she and Gono were named as being involved in illicit diamond deals by McGee, who left Zimbabwe in 2009. She said in court documents that the newspaper’s reporting is likely to be accepted without question by its readers, most of whom oppose her husband and his ZANU-PF party.

“The newspaper is taken seriously and carries considerable weight,” she said.

She added that the newspaper has a wide readership that includes online readers abroad who are educated, well-informed and influential.

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