Three strongboxes of diamonds, weighing 29kg, have been taken from the central bank by police, violating orders from the country’s Supreme Court.

The removal is the latest in a long-running dispute between mines minister Obert Mpofu and British-registered mining company, African Consolidated Resources, over ownership of Chiadzwa claims. Chiadzwa is considered the world’s biggest diamond discovery in a century and could yield more than $1bn annually. In 2006, ACR was forced from its property at gunpoint; the courts later ruled this illegal. Read more