You’re probably no stranger to the frenzy that has ensued following a series of high-end jewellery robberies in Paris. In case you’re in need of a refresher, in both 2007 and 2008, Harry Winston’s Paris location was robbed, and between the two instances over $113 million in jewels were stolen. Authorities have since concluded that one single group orchestrated both robberies, which were each carried out in outlandish costumes.
Eight years after the first heist, a trial has formally begun. Eight men are currently appearing in court facing charges ranging from armed robbery in an organized gang, to the receipt of illegally obtained goods.
The heists have been called the “robberies of the century”, and the media has compared them to the type of crime that unfolds in a cliché, Hollywood gangster film.
The latest and most surprising update from the courthouse is that security guard Mouloud Djennad is being charged as an accomplice, after security camera footage caught him assisting the entering and exit strategy of the robbers. “I was stupid, impressionable, lost,” he told reporters. “I was not able to say no.”
We’re on the edge of our seats waiting to hear the final verdict for all involved, and our condolences go out to those affected.