A Chinese man has been fined 100,000 rupees (4,800 RMB) and given a two-year suspended jail term by a Sri Lankan court for swallowing a fake diamond as part of a bluff which allowed his accomplice to make off with the real gem.
The 32-year-old man had swallowed the ‘diamond’ during an annual gem exhibition in full view of event organizers. After three days in custody however he passed the stone and it was revealed to be a fake. Investigators discovered that the real thief had made away with a diamond worth over 85,000 RMB.
The accomplice has yet to be found.