Accountancy Age Exclusive: Grant Thornton advises controversial diamond mining company

The Cayman Island-registered company, which plans to mine a $1bn concession in the Congo despite the country’s civil war, is due to launch on the Alternative Investment Market on 13 June.

Its move comes as the Foreign Office steps up pressure for action to curb diamond trading, believed to be funding wars across Africa. It wants the Group of Eight foreign ministers to adopt a diamond trade code of conduct at its Japan meeting in July.

Oryx managing director Adonis Pouroulis admitted last week representatives from the Zimbabwe Army, which has been involved in the civil war since 1998, had representatives in a company, Osleg, that also holds a stake in the Congo mine.

The controversy has raised questions over ethics in international business.

The English ICA said it did not provide guidance. ‘It’s up to each individual firm and accountant to decide a moral stance and act accordingly,’ a spokesman said.

Grant Thornton was unable to comment.

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