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'Diamond swallower' was a bluff: Sri Lankan police

COLOMBO--A Chinese man accused of swallowing a diamond worth US$13,600 at a gem show in Sri Lanka actually ingested a fake stone in an elaborate bluff to allow the real thief to escape, police said Tuesday.

Detectives discovered the ruse after waiting until the man, 32, passed the fake stone that he had swallowed at the Facets Sri Lanka annual jewellery exhibition in Colombo last week.

“The man with the real stone vanished while all the attention was on the man who was seen swallowing a stone that turned out to be fake,” police spokesman Ajith Rohana told AFP.

“Investigations are now underway to track down the accomplice and recover the stolen diamond. We think both of them were involved in a racket.”

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