Angolan Journalist Settles Defamation Case Over Blood Diamonds Book

An Angolan journalist put on trial after exposing killings and torture in the country’s diamond mines has walked free after all defamation charges against him were dropped.
Rafael Marques de Morais reached an out-of-court settlement with a group of generals he had accused of profiting from blood diamonds, accepting that they did not have direct knowledge of the atrocities. But his evidence of the atrocities themselves was not questioned.
The agreement means Marques will be spared a lengthy trial that could have resulted in a nine-year prison sentence and fine of $1.2m (£800,000).



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