Robbers take Indian diamond merchant hostage

8th March 2010, Comments 1 comment

Robbers held an Indian diamond merchant hostage for 18 hours in Belgium before freeing him in return for millions of euros' worth of gems, the Belga news agency reported Sunday.

BRUSSELS - The attack took place at the merchant's home in the northern city of Antwerp, which is one of the world's most important diamond-trading centres.

Freddy Hanard, the head of the Antwerp World Diamond Center, which represents the city's diamond sector, said the gang made off with "several million euros" (dollars) worth of diamonds.

A spokesman for Ludo Van Campenhout, who is in charge of Antwerp's diamond quarter, criticised the attack but said security measures in the area were adequate.

"Attacks on diamond merchants are virtually non-existent in Antwerp. If attacks happen, they are at people's homes," spokesman Paul De Wit told Belga.

"In those cases it is the individuals' own security measures that are lacking and as a city there is little we can do about that, unfortunately."


1 Comment To This Article

  • Ramesh Mehta posted:

    on 10th March 2010, 03:51:06 - Reply

    Mr Maldar's family was held hostage at his home while he was ordered to get the diamonds from his office safe. It is ridiculous to blame him for "lack of security". Are all diamond merchants in Antwerp expected to keep armed guards around their homes 24/7 ?I wonder if this Paul De Wit would have talked such nonsense if the victim was a Belgian merchant.