Woman held over $10.4m di­a­monds

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MANILA: A Bri­tish woman has been ar­rested for al­legedly smug­gling di­a­monds worth $10.4 mil­lion (R84m) into the Philip­pines.

Of­fi­cers from the pres­i­den­tial anti-smug­gling group had ar­rested Al­pha Kwok, a Chi­ne­se­born Bri­tish na­tional from Hong Kong, at an up­scale Manila flat and seized 160 carats of di­a­monds, along with un­cut emer­alds and other pre­cious stones, said An­to­nio Vil­lar Jun, head of the agency.

Kwok has been charged with smug­gling and de­tained pend­ing a re­view of the case.

Vil­lar said Kwok may have been part of a smug­gling syn­di­cate. He said im­mi­gra­tion records showed she had vis­ited the Philip­pines more than 170 times in two years.

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