Diamond worth billions stolen

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A gang dressed in police uniform had stolen a 750-carat diamond brought down from South Africa valued at more than 7 billion rupees along with several other gemstones in the possession of a gem merchant in Maharagama.

One of the thieves had been arrested in Watareka, the Mirihana Special Organised Crimes Operations (SOCO) unit.

A police officer attached to the unit said that the robbery had been the work of Makandure Madush who is in hiding in Dubai.

Sources revealed that photos and Videos of the stolen Diamond and the Gemstones were recorded in the Mobile Phone of the suspect who was arrested.

A licensed gem merchant from Araliyapura in Maharagama had been on the lookout for a buyer for this diamond for the past two years, and on the first of this month an Austrian National, after obtaining the services of a tout, visited him and wanted to buy the precious stone he was selling. He had brought with him a small machine to help him verify the authenticity of the stone but had stated that he would call again in four days. The robbery took place on the day the Austrian National visited the house again to purchase the stone.

While the buyer and the others were discussing the price for the stone, a gang dressed in clothes similar to police uniforms had arrived on the scene and accusing the group of peddling drugs in the area got them to kneel on the ground. The gang had then handcuffed the foreigner and taken away the diamond and the other gemstones after locking those present including the owner of the precious stones in a room in the house. They then took away the foreigner who they released once they got to the Maharagama town. (Bimal Shyaman Jayasinghe)

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  • ConcernedCitizen Friday, 23 November 2018 08:28 AM

    DId they arrive in the white van ? Now the foreigners should be knowing our white van culture.

    shanthapriya Friday, 23 November 2018 02:34 PM

    No no . everybody knows that the prabakaran and his gang no more and hence the white van culture not neccessary to prevail

    chrishan@jithpl.com Friday, 23 November 2018 04:35 PM

    money laundering technique by Daisy archchi?

    Arosha Friday, 23 November 2018 08:35 AM

    At Rs 7 Billion that gem probably is the same value as the whole of Maharagama.

    Robbery Friday, 23 November 2018 08:47 AM

    Considering the country’s political situation this is an added insult to an injury.

    Chryshan K Friday, 23 November 2018 08:58 AM

    Very precious gem stones cannot survive in Sri Lanka other than in one family. Not even in musium. One day Daisy Achchi protect all valuable gems in Sri Lanka.

    ANTON Friday, 23 November 2018 09:02 AM

    AND A DIAMOND WORTH NOTHING IS DISPLAYED EVERYWHERE IN THE COUNTRY.

    Sherlock Friday, 23 November 2018 09:05 AM

    The mastermind is the foreigner !!!

    Sid Friday, 23 November 2018 09:19 AM

    The Austrian guy must be the mastermind...Madushs gang must have executed the plan

    bo Friday, 23 November 2018 09:21 AM

    Sounds like the foreigner was an accomplice. If police knows that Madush is in Dubai why don't they go and arrest him. The guy must be spending hisblack money like a king so he must be well known to everone in Dubai. However if he is living in a hole, Madush, think again. What is the point of doing all these robberies if you cannot spend them.

    sangar Friday, 23 November 2018 09:25 AM

    Now,the MS is incharge for police. So, this is not a surprise thing for us. What would the Gammanpila tell about the governace and security now?

    SENA Friday, 23 November 2018 10:36 AM

    Diamond from South Africa or from Daisy Aachi ge manik malla ?

    Summa Friday, 23 November 2018 10:44 AM

    Meanwhile, Makandure MaruSira is doing the country "more good"

    Kumar Friday, 23 November 2018 11:08 AM

    MS,MR and now MM hmmm?

    ELECTIONS Friday, 23 November 2018 02:50 PM

    Diamond given good publicity - as this is to be an election symbol !

    Gp Friday, 23 November 2018 10:26 PM

    Stolen because this diamond belongs to UNF logo for election...

    GH Friday, 23 November 2018 11:47 PM

    Check whether Arjun Mahendran and his Son in law behind the scene.


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