Spain extradites alleged 'Pink Panther' member to Japan

14th August 2010, Comments 0 comments

Spanish authorities have extradited a Montenegrin alleged member of the "Pink Panther" gang of international jewel thieves to Japan over a 2007 robbery in Tokyo, local media reported on Saturday.

Rifat Hadziahmetovic, 42, had been taken into custody over other charges in Spain, Kyodo News and the Asahi Shimbun daily said, quoting sources.

The suspect and another "Pink Panther" member allegedly stole a diamond tiara worth 200 million yen (2.3 million dollars) and other gems from a jewellery store in Tokyo's upmarket Ginza district on June 14, 2007.

The man was expected to arrive at Tokyo's Narita airport late Saturday, the reports said.

The gang were given their nickname after British detectives found a diamond ring hidden in a jar of face cream, echoing an incident in the 1963 comedy film "Pink Panther" that starred Peter Sellers.

© 2010 AFP

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