Wafi followed Europe crime spree
The daring raid on top jewellers House of Graff was the culmination of a series of heists in Europe in the mid-2000s involving Borko Ilincic, according to court documents.
Prosecution papers filed at Dubai Court of First Instance yesterday detailed a series of strikingly similar robberies in Switzerland between 2005 and 2007.
On April 22, 2005, Ilincic and other suspects were linked to a break-in in Zurich.
The suspected Pink Panthers stole an Opel and crashed it into a jewellery shop at 3.56am, taking goods and cash worth 135,000 euros.
Then, on 11 July 2006, Ilincic and another suspect allegedly raided a jewellery shop in Switzerland.
Prosecutors claim he then travelled to Dubai and carried out the Wafi robbery in April 2007 but managed to escape.
The raids did not stop there. On December 6, 2007, a jewellery shop in Zollikon, By Ali Al Shouk Switzerland, was raided by three suspects, one of which it is claimed was Ilincic.
The gang threatened customers with air guns and stole jewellery and watches worth 300,000 euros before escaping within three minutes in a stolen Audi. Ilincic was the subject of an Interpol Red Notice, which requests that any law enforcement that comes across him would arrest him immediately.
He was arrested in February 2014 as he left a Madrid hotel. Interpol estimates the gang has carried out more than 380 raids since 1999. The panthers were given their name when police in London made an arrested in 2003 and found a diamond ring hidden in a jar of face cream - a technique used in the 1960s Pink Panther comedies starring Peter Sellers.
SURRENDER: Ilincic is searched as he prepares for extradiction in this image released by police