HARARE – A Belgian-based businessman on Friday challenged Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe‘s accusation that he duped her of a $1.35 (R18,4-million) million diamond ring and asked her to provide the court with evidence to back her lawsuit.
Source: Belgian businessman challenges Grace Mugabe’s diamond ring claim 21 October 2017
Hamed’s lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa said she had deposed the court papers on behalf of her client on Friday.
In the court papers seen by Reuters, Hamed, a British national, said Grace should also provide proof that he in fact owned Zimbabwean companies the first lady wished to be sold to recover the money
“When, exactly, is it alleged the payment was done? Full dates are required. Full details of the account holder, the account number and a copy of the account statement are required,” Hamed said in the court application.
Grace’s lawyer Wilson Manase did not answer his phone when contacted for comment.
The court case has lifted a veil on the wealthy lifestyle of Mugabe and his wife, nicknamed “Gucci Grace” for her reputed dedication to shopping, at a time Zimbabwe is in the grip of a severe US dollar crunch and cash shortages.