Chinese woman who swallowed stolen Bangkok diamond faces court

Chinese woman who swallowed stolen Bangkok diamond faces court

A Chinese woman named Jiang Xulian, who allegedly tried to smuggle a stolen diamond out of Thailand by swallowing it was released from hospital after doctors removed the expensive gem from her gut.

In a similar scam in September 2012, a Chinese man, swallowed a fake object at a jewelry show in Sri Lanka to put police off the trail of his Chinese accomplice who escaped with a 1.5 carat diamond worth £8,500. 

Thai police say the 39-year-old woman, who will appear in court later, switched the 10 million baht (US$278,000) gem with a fake one at the Bangkok Gem and Jewellery fair on the northern outskirts of Bangkok on Thursday.

She then tried to flee Thailand undetected by ingesting the gem.

Investigators caught up to her as she tried to fly out of Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport and an X-ray showed the diamond lodged in her gut. A 33-year-old Chinese man, Hae Ying, who she was traveling with was also arrested.

Police say neither time nor laxatives dislodged the gem and on Sunday doctors were called in to remove the stone.

“She is leaving the hospital – she is fine now,'' Police Colonel Mana Tienmuangpak, lead investigator on the case, told AFP.
He added that the woman would be taken to Nonthaburi Provincial Court which would then decide whether she will be remanded in custody as police continue to investigate.

Police Lieutenant Colonel Anchulee Theerawongpaisal, spokeswoman of the Police General Hospital where the woman was treated, said doctors used a colonoscope and instruments to remove the gem from her lower intestine.
“It took 12 minutes to extract it'' Anchulee said.

“It's a normal surgical procedure except this time there was a 10-million-baht diamond involved,'' he added.


Welcoming Germans now turn to border controls against refugee masses

Germany reintroduced border controls after admitting it could no longer cope with a record influx of migrants, tightening the screws ahead of a key EU meeting on spreading the burden of the refugee crisis across the bloc.
Within hours of Berlin's announcement German officers began carrying out the first passport checks near the border with Austria. (Pictured) 

As night fell, police in fluorescent vests stopped all cars and pedestrians at the Freilassing crossing in Bavaria. Three Syrian men who were on foot became the first to be held back, an AFP journalist saw.

At emergency talks in Brussels interior ministers are expected to lock horns over the European Commission's controversial plan to distribute 160,000 refugees around the continent.

Despite an outpouring of public sympathy for the plight of the refugees, many of whom are from Syria, several eastern European countries have already warned they will oppose any binding quotas on absorbing asylum seekers.

As the continent scrambles to respond to the biggest movement of people since the second world war, Germany's reinstatement of border checks signalled a U-turn on Chancellor Angela Merkel's earlier decision to throw open the country's doors to Syrian refugees.
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