Paris baggage handlers jailed for airport theft

20th December 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Dec 20, 2006 (AFP) - Sixteen former Paris airport workers were convicted on Wednesday of robbing luggage from hundreds of international air passengers between 2004 and 2005.

PARIS, Dec 20, 2006 (AFP) - Sixteen former Paris airport workers were convicted on Wednesday of robbing luggage from hundreds of international air passengers between 2004 and 2005.

The baggage handlers at Paris's Charles de Gaulle airport were arrested in September last year after it emerged that items had gone missing from bags carried in the holds of Air France, Delta and Northwest flights.

A French court handed down jail terms ranging from three months to three years in prison to 13 of the accused airport workers for theft, and in one case for trafficking in stolen goods, while three others received suspended jail terms.

Four other people, none of them airport staff — but including the wife of one of the airport employees — were handed fines and in one case a three-month jail term for aiding and abetting theft.

Taking into account the time already spent in detention, only one of the accused will remain in jail.

All but one of them were also told to pay damages of EUR 28,000 to Air France, for harming its image, as well as one symbolic euro to the luggage handlers' former employer, Connecting Bag Services (CBS).

A subsidiary of the French group Vinci, CBS has 800 baggage handlers working at the Paris airport.

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Subject: French news

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