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Man swallows diamond at gemstone exhibition
COLOMBO — A man visiting a gem exhibition in Sri Lanka’s capital swallowed a 1.5 carat diamond in front of the owner and was taken by police to a hospital, where an X-ray showed the $13,000 stone inside him.
Exhibitor Suresh Wijekoon said the man was behaving suspiciously at his stalls and when he reached closer to the suspect, the man suddenly swallowed the diamond he held in his hand before Mr. Suresh alerted police at the exhibition venue.
Chou Wan, a 32-year-old from China, is in custody pending further investigation, police spokesman Ajith Rohana said.
An X-ray proved the diamond was inside his body, said hospital director Dr. Anil Jasinghe at Colombo National, where the suspect was taken for the test.
Mr. Suresh, owner of Belgrade International Pvt. Ltd., said the diamond weighed about 1.5 carats. It is worth more than $13,000.
Sri Lanka does not mine diamonds but is renowned for other highly treasured gems. Facets Sri Lanka 2012 is the island nation’s annual largest gem and jewelry exhibition, and it attracts a large number of local and foreign buyers.
• From wire dispatches and staff reports
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