Court clears 18 of gems heist

Irish Daily Mail - - World News -

A BEL­GIAN court has ac­quit­ted 18 peo­ple of in­volve­ment in a €38mil­lion di­a­mond heist at Brus­sels Air­port.

The 2013 theft, in which gems were stolen from the hold of a de­part­ing Swiss-bound plane, had the hall­marks of an Ocean’s Eleven-style op­er­a­tion.

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.

It was not a full vic­tory yet as yes­ter­day’s de­ci­sion can still be ap­pealed.

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