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Thailand: the riddle of the blue diamond persists

2019-10-07T12:55:12.265Z

In Thailand, a confession ignites the Web: that of the thief of the famous "blue diamond", a jewel stolen from a Saudi prince in 1989. For the first time, the author of the mischief tells part of this enigma still unresolved, to l & # 039; original ...



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The enigma remains whole, the blue diamond of Prince Faisal has completely disappeared from the radar. AFP PHOTO / Mark RALSTON

In Thailand, a confession ignites the Web: that of the thief of the famous "blue diamond", a jewel stolen from a Saudi prince in 1989. For the first time, the author of the mischief tells part of this enigma still unresolved, to the origin of a diplomatic crisis.

In 1989, this enigma of the "blue diamond" was at the origin of a major diplomatic crisis between Thailand and Saudi Arabia, which will last for more than twenty years.

One evening, while his employer, Prince Faisal, is on vacation, Krienchai Techamong, who works as a housekeeper at the palace, decides to act; he knows that some safes are never locked, and the jewelry is fixed to the body using plaster, stealing about 20 million dollars in gold and precious stones.

In Saudi Arabia, he is at risk of amputation so he hastens to return to Thailand. At the customs, he spends his loot for pornographic material and distributes bribes. He ends up going home without any problem.

But a few months later, the police come to find him. He has not sold everything yet and returns all the jewels he has kept, the others are then found quickly.

But the story does not end there

In fact, the story is just beginning. Because between the time Krienchai returns the jewels to the police and the one where they are returned to their Saudi owner, another robbery took place.

The restored jewelry is actually fake. The disappearance of an extremely rare blue diamond, of inestimable value, causes consternation in Saudi Arabia.

At the same time, a photo of the wife of a senior Thai official wearing a jewel around her neck that has a disturbing resemblance to the blue diamond circulates.

The affair escalates, the Saudis decide to conduct their own investigation, but the investigator dispatched to the spot disappears, two Saudi diplomats are murdered in Bangkok, as well as the family of the key witness of the case.

Saudi Arabia openly accuses the local police, and stops issuing visas to Thai citizens. The cooling of relationships will last more than 20 years.

Today, do we know what happened to the blue diamond ?

The enigma remains whole, it has completely disappeared from the radar. The thief, he admits that he had no idea of ​​the value of this stone before committing his act, for which he has spent three years in prison.

After spending some time at the monastery, he lives today, he says, with remorse at being the cause of a case that caused the deaths of at least five people, and the constant fear of death. a late revenge that could still fall on him.

Source: rfi

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