THE DIAMOND UNDERWORLD

Author: Kamil (Fred)
Year: 1979
Publisher: Allen Lane.
Edition Details: 1st Edn.
Book Condition: NrF/NrF
ISBN: 0713919860
Price: 12.00
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Hardback. Dubbed 'Flash Fred' by the world's press, Fred Kamil was for nearly 20-yrs. the most notorious figure in the shadowy underworld of illicit diamond smuggling. A resourceful and unorthodox operator, Kamil once recruited and trained an extensive brigand army to seize and hold the smuggler's border crossing between Liberia and Sierra Leone, capturing the diamond couriers to avenge the double dealing of one of their number. He was so successful that the Sierra leone authorities provided him with encouragement and police support. After a period in the shadowy world of international espionage Kamil returned to Africa. Basing himself in South Africa and working for a third of the value of all the diamonds he recovered, Kamil, in concert with a hand-picked team of 30 men and women, amassed a fortune. Following a dispute with Anglo-American which finished his career, he hijacked a Boeing 727, spent some time in goal in Malawi and went on to dominate the headlines as a 'criminal mastermind' at an Old Bailey trial. With 14 illus. 244pp. 8vo. h/back. Nr. F. in Nr. F. dw.

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