More arrests over airport diamond heist

10th January 2006, Comments 0 comments

10 January 2006, AMSTERDAM — Police detained three men in Amsterdam on Monday evening in connection with the robbery of an estimated EUR 75 million in diamonds and jewels from Schiphol Airport last year.

10 January 2006

AMSTERDAM — Police detained three men in Amsterdam on Monday evening in connection with the robbery of an estimated EUR 75 million in diamonds and jewels from Schiphol Airport last year.

A spokesperson for the Military Police service (Marechaussee) said the arrests were carried out with the help of a specialist arrest team. One of the men is suspected of involvement in the robbery itself and the other two were held on suspicion of money laundering.

In keeping with Dutch privacy concerns, the three were only partially identified as E.H. V., aged 41, R. ten H., 39, and E. L., 37.

Police also searched four locations in Amsterdam but the spokesperson declined to comment on the results.

The first arrest in the case came in November last year when an Amsterdam man, 41, was detained on suspicion he was one of the robbers. Another Amsterdam man, 44, was arrested on 5 December.

The heist on 25 February 2005 was one of the largest robberies in Dutch history. The robbers intercepted a van at a secure loading area at Schiphol Airport and made off with an estimated EUR 75 million worth of diamonds and jewels.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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