Lev Tried to Help Kobi Spend Kippur at Home

But his lawyers preferred to spend the day in court

Israeli diamond mogul Lev Leviev tried to use his extensive contacts in Namibia to help former Comverse executive Kobi Alexander spend the Yom Kippur fast day at home with his family. But his efforts were scorned.

Assiociates of the deeply religious diamond baron noted that Leviev's attempt to help Alexander stemmed from his assumption that this is what the disgraced hi-tech entrepreneur would want. But  when it transpired that Alexander's lawyers preferred to hold the court hearing on Yom Kippur, Leviev ceased his attempts to help.

Leviev's associates stressed that except for his attempt to help Alexander over Yom Kippur, Leviev is in no way involved in Alexander's case.

Leviev, one of the most powerful diamond merchants in the world, is involved in diamond mining in Namibia. He operates four platforms that mine diamonds from the seabed by bringing up diamond-bearing rock from the ocean floor.

In addition, Leviev built a diamond polishing plant in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, where Alexander tried to set up a new home. The plant employs over 500 local workers, who all learned the diamond trade through Leviev and his businesses.

Leviev is apparently the first diamond baron to expand his mining activities in Africa to also include polishing and other forms of processing in the countries where the diamonds are mined. This is partly a result of demands by these African countries for greater involvement in the upscale end of the diamond trade, rather than merely serving as sources of raw gemstones.

Leviev has widespread business dealings not only in Israel, but also in Russia and other African countries.