The Chinese national who was arrested for allegedly stealing and swallowing a diamond at the international gem and jewellery exhibition at the BMICH has told the police that he had only swallowed an imitation diamond.
According to police sources, the suspect has not revealed the reason for his swallowing the diamond. The suspect was admitted to the National Hospital, Colombo in order that the diamond could be collected. The X-ray image had indicated that the man had swallowed an object similar to a diamond. Police said that would have to wait until the object was removed to determine whether or not it was a genuine diamond.
When the suspect was arrested, eight imitation diamonds and 101 Chinese currency notes were in his possession and also taken into custody by the police.(Srinath Prasanna Jayasuriya)
Foreigner nabbed for theft at BMICH