Published On: Thu, Sep 6th, 2012

Chow Cheng, man arrested for swallowing $13,000 diamond ring at a gem show

Sri Lankan police arrested a Chinese tourist who swallowed a diamond worth $13,600 at Wednesday at the island nation’s biggest international gem and jewelry exhibition.

Femke Jenkins Photography

Chow Cheng is believed to have swallowed the diamond as he inspected it at the exhibition, attended by buyers from China, Hong Kong, Thailand, India and Europe, police said.

“His intention was to steal it,” police spokesman Ajith Rohana told Reuters. “The x-ray shows the diamond is in his throat.”

The Associated Press reported that the diamond was 1.5 carats.

Suresh Christopher Wijekoon, owner of the exhibition stall, said Chow had tried to switch the original diamond with a synthetic one.

“He realized that I noticed it. Then he immediately swallowed it,” Wijekoon told Reuters.

The man was taken to a hospital where he was given laxatives, an unnamed police officer told the AFP news agency, according to the BBC.

The diamond’s owner, named by the BBC’s Charles Haviland as Suresh de Silva, said the swallowed stone may have been the fake one, and that tests would have to be carried out to confirm which one it was.

According to de Silva, swallowing a diamond is dangerous because its point can damage a person’s intestines, the BBC reported.


Femke Jenkins Photography (Facebook page here, Flickr page here).

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