Haaretz on 5th November reported that police want to question Lev Leviev after 2 of his relatives and 4 employees arrested for alleged diamond smuggling.  The 6 people arrested were involved in his companies in Israel and Russia.  The investigation began several months earlier when a man was caught at Tele Aviv airport with diamonds in the “nothing to declare” lane.  Leviev was born in Uzbekistan and emigrated to Israel when he was 14, and he became famous in the 1980s when he successfully challenged the De Beers monopoly of the world diamond market.  It is not clear why the diamonds would be smuggled, unless they were illegally mined or obtained, or were otherwise of dubious provenance.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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