18 AC­QUIT­TED IN HUGE DI­A­MOND HEIST

Montreal Gazette - - WORLD -

Five years af­ter a brazen mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar di­a­mond heist on the tar­mac of Brus­sels Air­port, a Bel­gian court on Thurs­day cited a lack of ev­i­dence as it ac­quit­ted 18 sus­pects in the case.

The mas­sive 2013 theft, in which tens of mil­lions worth of gems were stolen from the hold of a de­part­ing Swiss-bound plane, had all the hall­marks of an “Ocean’s Eleven” op­er­a­tion. And it still might still get a Holly- wood end­ing. One other per­son, sus­pected of be­ing the master­mind, will hear his case in court later.

“It is a great re­sult,” said defence lawyer Nathalie Gal­lant. “The tri­bunal is in­di­rectly say­ing that we were right and that the case is not suf­fi­cient to con­demn any­one.”

The di­a­mond heist was es­ti­mated at $50 mil­lion at the time and was one of the big­gest of re­cent times.

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