21 Indians arrested in China in 'diamond smuggling' charges

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  1. Pintu

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    21 Indians detained in China for alleged smuggling of diamonds | NetIndian | India News | Latest News from India | Breaking News from India | Latest Headlines

    21 Indians detained in China for alleged smuggling of diamonds


    NetIndian News Network
    New Delhi, January 12, 2010


    As many as 21 Indians have been detained by the Anti-Smuggling Bureau of Shenzhen Customs in China for alleged illegal transportation from Hong Kong to Shenzhen.

    The official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs said, in response to a query in this regard, that the Government was aware of the detention, made on January 8.

    He said that, on learning of the detention, the Indian Embassy in Beijing immediately approached the Chinese authorities seeking consular access to the Indian nationals, as provided for in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on consular matters of 2003.

    Indian Consular Officers are expected to be granted access to the detained Indian nationals tomorrow morning, the spokesperson added.

    Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said she had asked the Indian Ambassador in Beijing for a factual report and the Ministry was awaiting the full facts in the case.

    Most of the people involved in the incident are said to be from Surat in Gujarat, and Surat Diamond Association President Rohit Mehta has expressed the hope that the Chinese authorities would be more transparent in the matter and allow the detained persons to talk to their families. A spokesman for the Surat Diamond Bourse asserted that there was no wrongdoing and that the men had gone to China for legitimate business activities.

    Meanwhile, the Gujarat Government has also expressed its concern over the detention and is in touch with the Ministry of External Affairs in this regard.

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    well, poor guys...they have to wait for harsh penalties.

    however, they are more lucky than the executed briton drug smuggler,because smuggles of diamonds wont bring them death penalty
     
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    should not be some harsh penalties;

    I welcome those diamond smugglers, the reason is simple, they bring diamonds!!!

    but those diamonds will be "confiscated" by the custom, as an evidence.....
     
  6. rockdog

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    If what they are carrying, are from those unstable states of India, like from ULFA or Maoist regions, must be "Conflict Diamond" or "Blood Diamond".

    It's not only bad for China, but also harmful to India.

    So i think wise Indian should support China's penalties!
     
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    What the hell...this video is clear fear-mongering by the Indian media. Why do they show repeated clips of the Chinese military which has NOTHING to do with the arrests??

    Can someone explain that to me!?
     
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    nitesh Mob Control Manager Stars and Ambassadors

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    Where is fear mongering? I can't feel any.

    Well I think it is clear case of smuggling if proven then they need to be punished
     
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    That's one of the weirdest thing that I have heard !! Mate, conflict diamonds can be found on only one place in the world , and that's AFRICA ! India hardly has any diamond mines for that matter, a minuscule amount of them are mined in the state of MP in central India by the Indian government. And there's no such ULFA or Maoists regions as such !! They just hide in the deep forests in the North-east and central states of India and wage a guerrilla war against the government and the people. On the contrary, India has the biggest diamond polishing business in the world based in the state of Gujarat in western India, and most of Indian traders in the diamond trade are based here and into the polishing business, which is 20 billion dollar industry here. Please do some research before you say such trash !
     
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    China confirms detaining Indians- Politics/Nation-News-The Economic Times

    China confirms detaining Indians

    14 Jan 2010, 1739 hrs IST, IANS

    BEIJING: China confirmed on Thursday that a group of Indian nationals has been detained on smuggling charges.

    "Chinese police detained some Indians suspected of smuggling," foreign ministry spokesperson Jiang Yu told a press briefing Thursday.

    Jiang made the comment when asked to confirm whether the police in south China's Shenzhen city have detained 21 Indian diamond traders, Xinhua news agency reported.

    "The Indian embassy in China has dispatched officials to see them," Jiang said, without giving the number of detainees or their identities.

    Saying the case was being considered, Jiang said she believed the legitimate rights of those involved would be protected.

    Indian diplomats on Wednesday got consular access to the detained Indians in Shenzhen.

    An official from the Indian embassy in Beijing and another from the Indian consulate in Shenzhen met each of the detainees individually.

    The officials sought information about the circumstances under which they were held, official sources said in New Delhi.

    The group was detained by the Anti-Smuggling Bureau Jan 8 in Shenzhen and the men were charged with illegally bringing in diamonds from Hong Kong to Shenzhen.

    The Shenzhen incident has elicited protests from diamond traders in India, who have an important presence at the Shanghai Diamond Exchange.

    The arrests of the Indian diamond workers came a day after three Chinese engineers were arrested in Chhattisgarh for a chimney crash at the Bharat Aluminium Company Ltd (BALCO) plant in Korba in India's Chhattisgarh state, which killed 41 workers in September last year.
     
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    One more proof of paranoid Chinese, this is clearly a retaliation of arrest of Chinese engineers

    China harasses arrested Indians, videotapes meetings - China - World - The Times of India

    BEIJING: Relatives and business associates of the 21 detained Indian diamond traders are finding it difficult to build a legal defense for them because Chinese authorities have provided with very little information. The only piece of paper made available is a notice to the wife of one of the detained persons.

    The notice said her husband has been arrested under the anti-smuggling law. It gives no other details. Relatives of the other 20 detained persons have not received such notice, according to their friends and business associates, who talked to TNN.

    On the other hand, the authorities have video-recorded the conversation between Indian embassy officials and the detained persons. This made it difficult for them to hold frank and in-depth exchange of information to develop a suitable defense. It is also not clear how long the police and Shenzhen customs will take to frame charges and begin the due process of law.

    "We do not know exactly whether they have broken any law," a diamond merchant from India, said.

    None of the 21 persons have been caught in the actual act of smuggling.
    They were picked up from their homes, offices and when they were doing business in banks. Investigators have seized large number of diamonds from them. But the seized diamonds were all accounted for and none of them were smuggled ones, the relative of a detained person told TNN.

    Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said on Thursday that the arrested Indians will be dealt with according to the law. China welcomed Indian companies to do business in India but they must abide by local laws, she said. Officials of the Indian embassy have already met and talked to the detained persons, she said.

    "We fear the video recording may be used to build up the prosecution case. They might also look for differences within the trading community, which could be used to advantage," he said.

    A Hong Kong-based law firm has been appointed to represent the detained persons. The firm will send lawyers to talk to the police and Customs authorities in order to find out the reasons why they have been detained.

    "We chose a Hong Kong firm because it is easy for us to interact with them as compared to lawyers based in Mainland China," a diamond merchant based in Hong Kong told TNN.

    Relatives of most of the detained persons have flown in from India while local Indian businessmen have also joined hands to help out the detained persons.

    Vegetarian food has been provided to the detained persons, most of whom are Jain Gujaratis, sources said.
     
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    China raises hopes of Indians? release - India - The Times of India

    China raises hopes of Indians’ release
    Saibal Dasgupta, TNN, 22 January 2010, 04:20am IST

    BEIJING: Chinese authorities have allowed eight of the 21 Indians in detention in south China’s Shenzhen city to meet their relatives. This has raised hopes that some of the detainees, who have been in custody on suspicion of diamond smuggling, might be released soon.

    ‘‘I think this is good news. I am told Chinese police usually does not allow outside contact during investigation, which takes a month or more after a person is detained,’’ the relative of one of the detained persons told TOI. The detained persons, all of whom live in Shenzhen, were picked up by the police on January 8.

    All the detained persons have so far been kept in separate rooms allowing no communication among them. Most do not even know if their friends and business associates have also been arrested.

    Sources said some of those detained were not involved in diamond business. One of them is a servant of a merchant while another one had left this trade and moved on to another business some time ago. Hardly
    anyone among them was actually found in the act of smuggling, sources said.

    Diamond traders and relatives of the detained persons said they expect the police to permit lawyers to meet them in detention. A Hong Kong-based law firm has been appointed to represent all the detained Indians.
    But the police is expected to videorecord their conversation with the lawyers and possibly use the information in the court case, sources said.
     
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    i also feel weird about the video. It looks more like CHina is showing her military rather than a single case of smuggle.
     

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