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Prince Faisal’s Diamond Theft to Kill 4 Saudis


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Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (right) with Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha in Riyadh, January 26, 2022. The two governments restore diplomatic ties, 33 years after the Blue Diamond Affair. Photo/SPA

RIYADH Saudi Arabia and Thailand agreed to restore diplomatic ties 33 years after the diamond theft scandal of Prince Faisal bin Fahd al-Saud at his palace known as the “Blue Diamond Affair”.

Diamonds, gems and other jewelery were stolen by a Thai maid who worked at Prince Faisal’s palace in 1989. The perpetrators then fled.

The case ended tragically when four Saudi Arabian men who were tasked with finding the expensive jewelery were murdered in Thailand. Since then, diplomatic relations between the two countries have been damaged.

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However, surprisingly, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) invited Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha on Tuesday (25/1/2022). On Wednesday (26/1/2022), the two governments agreed to restore diplomatic relations.

“Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha conveyed to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman his sincere regret over the tragic cases that occurred in Thailand between 1989-1990,” it wrote. Saudi Press Agency (SPA) which is managed by the government.

Here’s the “Blue Diamond Affair” plot, which is actually unfinished:

1. Diamond Theft

In 1989, Kriangkrai Techamong, a Thai maid, stole 91 kg (200 pounds) of various jewellery, mainly a very expensive 50-carat blue diamond, from the palace of Prince Faisal bin Fahd, where he was employed.

Kriangkrai had access to Prince Faisal’s bedroom and hid stolen jewelery in a vacuum cleaner bag in the palace.

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