Perth and Rockingham, Western Australia were turnaround locations for uncut diamonds originally smuggled out of the Zimbabwean Marange mines and destined for secret auction in Monaco, Europe.
It was an illegal operation set up by Viscount Rupert Blicksworth, an executive of the Bellerose Investissments de Monaco. He engaged Iranian arms dealer Omar Sahran to co-ordinate the operation within Australia. Sahran in turn involved two Aussie crime families, the Russo’s in Sydney and the Petri’s in Perth.
The Secret Intelligence Services (SIS) in London had information that it was Blicksworth family member in Monaco who was actually handling the final stage of delivery to auction. To find out more, the SIS engaged a new operative in Monaco.
On learning about Sahran’s involvement, alarm bells rang. His association with terrorists and revolutionaries sparked off memories of how he had doubled crossed the SIS over an arms deal in the Middle East.
When intel about a delivery of diamonds were departing from Zimbabwe, the covert SIS interest shifted to Perth, as did their field operative and his Blicksworth contact.
“Hacket.” London based controller Charles Grimshaw had said. “Keep it low profile surveillance. The Aussies aren’t being told anything so no bodies, just useful information we can use against this Baroness Blicksworth when back in Monaco.”
“And Omar Sahran?” Hacket questioned and Grimshaw simply grinned.
What developed after the disappearance of a small, but valuable, black diamond would crystallise allegiances and cause feuds between, not only, the Russo and Petri crime families, but also within the Blicksworth family and who would live to enjoy their accumulated wealth and title.