Leviev Tried to Help Kobi Spend Yom Kippur at Home

Israeli diamond mogul Lev Leviev also does business in Namibia, and he tried to use his connections there to help Kobi Alexander spend the Yom Kippur fast day at home with his family.

Leviev's associates noted that his attempt to help Alexander stemmed from his assumption that this is what Alexander wanted.

However, when it became clear 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 has four platforms that mine diamonds from the seabed by bringing up material from the ocean floor that also contains diamonds.

In addition, Leviev built a diamond polishing plant in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. 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. (Ora Coren)