Man ‘swallows a diamond’ at Sri Lanka gem exhibition 斯里蘭卡寶石展 男子吞下鑽石

Sat, Oct 27, 2012 - Page 10

Sri Lankan police arrested a Chinese tourist suspected of swallowing a diamond worth 1.8 million rupees (US$13,600) on Sept. 5 at the island nation’s biggest international gem and jewellery exhibition.

Chow Cheng, 32, 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.”

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 Indian Ocean island is famed for its blue sapphires, diamonds and a jewelry industry that accounted for US$532 million of its export revenue in 2011.

(Reuters)

斯里蘭卡警方九月五日逮捕一名涉嫌在該島國最大規模的國際珠寶展上,吞下一顆價值一百八十萬盧比(一萬三千六百美元)的鑽石的中國觀光客。

警方表示,據信三十二歲的周靖(譯音)在這場吸引來自中國、香港、泰國、印度與歐洲買家的會場上檢視這顆鑽石時,一口將之吞下。

「他原本的盤算是要偷,」警方發言人羅哈納告訴路透。「X光顯示鑽石卡在他喉嚨裡。」

鑽石被人吞掉的珠寶展攤位負責人維傑肯說,周姓男子企圖拿合成鑽來掉包真鑽。

維傑肯告訴路透:「他知道我發現了。然後他就馬上吞下真鑽石。」

這個印度洋上的島國以其翡翠、鑽石與珠寶業聞名,二○一一年該產業出口營收達五億三千兩百萬美元。

(路透/翻譯:張沛元)