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Hawks expect more arrests in illegal diamond smuggling

Last week, 58-year-old Hamukwaya Eliakim appeared at the Strand Magistrates Court facing a charge of illegal diamond dealing.

Picture: SAPS

CAPE TOWN – The Hawks says more arrests could be made in an illegal diamond smuggling case.

Last week, 58-year-old Hamukwaya Eliakim appeared at the Strand Magistrates Court facing a charge of illegal diamond dealing.

Eliakim was arrested earlier this month after he allegedly swallowed diamonds when he was approached by officers during a sting operation.

He was then taken to a nearby medical facility where the diamonds were subsequently retrieved.

The Hawks' Philani Nkwalase says: “The Hawks Serious Organised Crime Investigating Unit arrested Eliakim on 2 April 2019 after he allegedly swallowed diamond pieces after he was approached during a disruptive sting operation.”

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