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19 Ordered to Face Trial over $50M Brussels Diamond Heist

Jan 3, 2016 10:04 AM   By Rapaport News
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RAPAPORT... Nineteen people have been ordered to face trial over a $50 million diamond heist at Brussels Airport in 2013, AFP reported, citing Belgian news agency Belga.

Nine suspects have been charged with direct involvement in the robbery and the others with hiding the diamonds. Six of the 19 are also charged with money laundering in Belgium, Switzerland and Morocco, and three are women, the report said December 31.

The robbery in February 2013 saw a gang of armed men pose as police and take the diamonds from a passenger plane. The operation barely took 10 minutes and no shots were fired.

A gang of men with machine guns were said to have pulled up in a car on the runway at Brussels Airport where an armored vehicle had just unloaded diamonds into a plane about to take off for Zurich. The AFP report said the men forced open the hold and seized about 120 boxes of diamonds, worth about $50 million, before leaving with them.

Police detained more than 30 people in Belgium, France and Switzerland. A large quantity of gems and cash has been recovered. An estate agent and his lawyer were given two-year suspended sentences and fines by a Swiss court in November for handling stolen goods, according to the report.
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