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Sat Apr 18 06:56:22 SAST 2015

Man with a belly full of diamonds arrested at OR Tambo

Reuters | 15 November, 2012 13:18
A woman looks at the plastinated digestive system of a human body during the exhibition "Body Worlds" by Gunther von Hagen at the Museo Miraflores in Guatemala City July 6, 2012.
Image by: JORGE DAN LOPEZ / REUTERS

Police have arrested a 25-year-old man suspected of attempting to smuggle 220 diamonds out of the country in his digestive tract through Johannesburg's OR Tambo airport.

The Lebanese national bound for Dubai had swallowed $2.25 million worth of polished diamonds before he was stopped before a security checkpoint at Africa's biggest airport and then relieved of his concealed cargo, police said.

"We used laxatives to remove the diamonds," police spokesman Paul Ramaloko said on Thursday.

The man will appear in court on Thursday. In March, police arrested another Lebanese national who was attempting to smuggle $1.69 million worth of diamonds out of South Africa.

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