Tiffany & Co Backs Investigative Reporter in Angola Blood Diamonds Case

Tiffany & Co has called on Angola to drop the prosecution of an investigative reporter known for his ground-breaking investigation into blood diamonds.
The diamond retailer is one of a host of famous names, including 12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen, who have signed an open letter to Angolan president José Eduardo dos Santos over the treatment of Rafael Marques de Morais.
Marques, who uncovered stories of widespread torture and murder in the country’s diamond industry, was last week given a six-month suspended sentence over claims made in his 2011 book, Blood Diamonds: Corruption and Torture in Angola. The book accused seven army generals of complicity in more than 100 killings and widespread torture by a private security company, owned by the generals, in the country’s diamond fields.