In the Media

A black mark

As the delegates to an international diamond conference gather in Vancouver next Wednesday, Winifredo Amoguez, Roberto Bautista, Doug Larsen and Jason Pope will have been missing for precisely 1,018 days. They were kidnapped from the Yetwene diamond mine in Lunda Norte Province,  northeastern Angola (MJ, November 13, 1998, p.381), following an attack by armed men in which eight employees of the mine immediately lost their lives. Apart from reports of a brief radio message very shortly after the attack, nothing definite has since … read more

DiamondWorks remembers its dead, in silence

For a time, DiamondWorks seemed destined to suffer the same fate as its unfortunate employees, but things have been much rosier of late for the company and its shareholders, as a series of recent deals have proven quite profitable. Sadly, things have been decidedly dismal for the families of the four employees who remain unaccounted for to this day. Despite the international focus over the past two years on the scourges caused by the extraction and trade of “conflict” or … read more

Father finds no trace of kidnap son

A Devon man has returned from a trip to Angola to seek his kidnapped son – but without finding any trace of him. Jason Pope, 26, was one of five people snatched three years ago during an armed raid on a diamond mine. Two Britons and six others were killed. Jason’s father, Alan, has spent 30 days in the war-torn African country meeting government officials and other agencies in the capital, Luanda. But back home in Teignmouth, his mother Nev … read more

Conman gave hope over missing son

A conman swindled money from the family of a missing geologist by telling them that he could organise his safe return, a court was told. Justin Brown, 54, was jailed for four years after he admitted obtaining $2,000 (£1,056) from the family of Jason Pope, 24, who was taken hostage in war-ravaged Angola in 1998. Plymouth Crown Court heard that Brown raised the family’s hopes by saying he knew Mr Pope’s location and he would arrange for him to be … read more

Jason Pope: Payout ‘unlikely’ over Angola death

A mother’s battle to win full compensation for her son killed by guerrillas in Angola is unlikely to succeed, despite a legal success. Jason Pope, 24, from Teignmouth, Devon, was working as a geologist in a diamond mine when it was raided. His employer Energem Mining (IOM), which should have insured his life for $240,000, has run out of funds. The Court of Appeal said despite Genevra Pope’s “valiant” battle, it was unlikely she would obtain the money. Mrs Pope … read more

Hostages abroad: Fears grow for Briton missing in Angola

THERE ARE growing fears for the British hostage Jason Pope, who was kidnapped in an attack on the Angolan diamond mine where he worked. There has been no contact with any group claiming to hold him, and the Foreign Office said it had no news of his fate. The Unita rebel movement admitted responsibility for the attack seven weeks ago in which eight men died, but has denied taking hostages. The Foreign Office is advising Britons not to travel to … read more

DiamondWorks’ missing employees not quite abandoned

The families of four expatriate employees, abducted two years ago during the attack on the Yetwene mine, are among the creditors of DiamondWorks Ltd. watching from the sidelines as the company struggles to gain exchange approval for the proposed reverse takeover by multimillionaire Tony Teixeira s Lyndhurst Ltd., which would allow DiamondWorks to maintain its Toronto Stock Exchange listing. Should the company’s efforts fail, it could mark the end of the road for the beleaguered diamond miner, which has racked … read more

DiamondWorks kidnapping remains a mystery

Questions and uncertainty linger more than two years after the armed attack on the Yetwene mine, operated by DiamondWorks Ltd., in northeastern Angola. The main uncertainty continues to be the fate of four expatriate DiamondWorks employees, who were forcibly abducted during the attack. The absence of news in the months following the attack led many to speculate on a motive for the abduction, but to this day, nothing more has been heard of the missing men, and nobody has officially … read more

Energem goes into bankruptcy without telling shareholders

Energem goes into bankruptcy without telling shareholders An energy company with a controversial past has gone into bankruptcy proceedings in Canada – without informing its former AIM shareholders. By Rowena Mason 5:45AM GMT 21 Feb 2011 Energem Resources was put into administration after it could not recover $54m (£33m) owed by companies linked to its deputy executive chairman Tony Teixeira. The company, formerly known as DiamondWorks, was once involved in the “blood diamonds” mining industry, where illegally traded gems were … read more