Police arrest brothers in diamond robbery case

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7 July 2005, THE HAGUE – Special teams of the police and marechaussee (military police) arrested two brothers, 38 and 41, on Wednesday morning in Badhoevedorp and Diemen. The arrests are connected with the investigation into the massive diamond robbery at Schiphol Airport in February.

7 July 2005

THE HAGUE – Special teams of the police and marechaussee (military police) arrested two brothers, 38 and 41, on Wednesday morning in Badhoevedorp and Diemen. The arrests are connected with the investigation into the massive diamond robbery at Schiphol Airport in February.

The men were arrested on suspicion of “preparatory activities connected to the hard drugs trade,” a spokesperson for the Koninklijke Marechaussee said on Thursday.

He would not say whether the men were also suspected of involvement in the diamond robbery but acknowledged that the police “came across these men during the extensive investigation into the robbery.”

But newspaper De Telegraaf reported on Thursday that police suspect the men of playing roles in the heist. Two heavily armed marechaussee squads and a police squad made the arrests at about 6am.

So far one man, a 39-year-old from Diemen who worked for the airline Martinair, is being held for involvement in the robbery.

The armed robbery at Schiphol Airport took place on 25 February. The perpetrators made away with about EUR 75 million in jewels and diamonds.

The robbery, one of the biggest in Dutch history, took place on a cargo platform. The perpetrators acted as the diamonds were about to be loaded on a plane bound for Antwerp.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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