‘Don’t blame us’: NPA hits back at diamond dealer’s R3.1bn claim

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‘Don’t blame us’: NPA hits back at diamond dealer’s R3.1bn claim

Sylla Moussa’s fraud case has dragged on for 13 years, and both sides blame the other for the delay

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The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has hit back at international diamond dealer Sylla Moussa following his letter of demand claiming the authority has cost him R3.1bn in financial damage to his business.

Moussa was initially charged with defrauding Absa bank out of R40m in 2006, although his criminal trial has yet to continue 13 years later.

The long delay in the case culminated in Moussa writing a letter of demand to the NPA in August, saying its refusal to relax his bail conditions and allow him to travel overseas for business purposes had ultimately cost him R3.1bn – and that the state must reimburse him for his losses...

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