Police: Suspect swallowed fake 'diamond'; $13K gem still missing
September 11th, 2012
03:45 PM ET

Police: Suspect swallowed fake 'diamond'; $13K gem still missing

A man who investigators believed swallowed a $13,000 diamond at Sri Lanka's largest jewelry exhibition actually ingested a fake - and another man may have gotten away with the real one, media reports say.

Chou Wan, 32, of China, was arrested at the Facets exhibition in Colombo earlier this month on suspicion of swallowing the 1.5-carat diamond, the International Business Times reported.

But after authorities gave Chou laxatives and he passed the object, they learned it was a fake, the IBT reported Tuesday.

Police say a man who was with Chou at the exhibition might have gotten away with the real gem, and that Chou might have swallowed the fake to divert attention to himself, thereby buying time for the other man escape, the British Broadcasting Corp. reported.

"We suspect that as habitual offenders, this group were in the habit of swapping real stones for fake ones," a police spokesman, Ajith Rohana, told the BBC.

Police said Chou had six more fake gems in his pocket, according to the BBC.

The diamond's owner, Suresh de Silva, told the BBC that the men visited his stall twice, and he stopped Chou and called for police on the second visit. He swallowed the fake when police arrived, de Silva told the BBC.

The BBC reports that police are trying to find the second man.

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  1. raven

    Gives new meaning to the phrase " gold plated turd". Only in this case, it's a diamond. A fake diamond. Ok, well maybe it's different...

    September 11, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Clint

      It's not nice to talk about Obama like that.

      September 11, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      How would ya like to be the guards who had to guard this guy after he took the laxatives?
      Or be the one to retrieve it, only to find out it's fake?

      September 11, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. raven

    @clint: spare it.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jay jay

    A report from the world economic forum released its findings today. Since 2008 the USA has dropped from first to seventh. And people want obomba reelected duh! Just madness people ignore this kind of stuff...

    September 11, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • JMysterio

      Bush was president in 2008.

      September 11, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kartheg

      Thats why people want Obama re-elected. Because Bush was president in 2008 and the country went from 1st to 7th in 2008. Obama was President in 2009.

      September 13, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ann

      SINCE 2008! Was 1st in 2008. Read carefully..

      September 14, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bad Jokes

    Chou Wan refused to tell authorities where his brother, Obi Wan was located.
    A recent photo was posted of Obi Wan after clearing it with George Lucas.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. JMysterio

    As Sgt. Hartman would say in Full Metal Jacket:

    You had better start shatting me some tiffany cufflinks. Private Pyle!

    September 11, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "The Lunatic Fringe"

    Ickky! Even worse yet, as his flatulence increases by the minute, having to be the hoseman to wash down the poo poo.

    September 11, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    lol @ JMysterio, jay jay has a hard time grasping that fact, and hes been told many times. Thats what happens when you let your hatred of a person consume you.

    September 11, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    For the life of me, I cannot find a connection between Obama and some guy swallowing a fake diamond in Sri Lanka, and believe me, I tried.

    September 11, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kartheg

      They thought Obama swallowed the diamond.

      September 13, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • maria

      Because some people are narrow minded we call this allegator brain their brain is mall like a pea !don't waste your brains trying to understand allegator brain people!that is what they are!

      September 13, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jeff Frank (D-Oh) "Radical Left Wing"

    Love is in the air.

    September 11, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. raven

    Yeah, double ick!

    September 11, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. maria

    Keep giving him more laxatives until he confess,that will be a great idea! day and night don't stop.!he will confess after 24 hours in the bathroom .....

    September 13, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. local

    Just hld this dirt ball until he rats his brother out //////1wk 5 years who cares he is a career crimminal.

    September 14, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |