January 10, 2013: Four Angolan traditional leaders on Wednesday petitioned a court to re-open investigations into the “blood diamonds” case of seven former army generals they accuse of crimes against humanity. Angola had opened a case following the criminal complaint brought by anti-corruption activist and journalist Rafael Marques in November 2011.
January 10, 2013: “This petition calls for the re-opening of the preliminary investigation,” Marques said in a statement. Author of the 2011 book “Blood Diamonds: Corruption and Torture in Angola,” Marques has accused the generals of endorsing torture and killings committed by soldiers as well as by private security forces hired to protect diamond concessions in the northeastern Lundas region.
January 8, 2013: One month after being physically assaulted, human rights defender and journalist Mr António Capalandanda continues to be subjected to threats and acts of surveillance and intimidation.