Eight go on trial for violent robbery on bullion truck last year

Police investigate the scene of the shoot out. Photo: Michel van Bergen ANP
Police investigate the scene of the shoot out. Photo: Michel van Bergen ANP

Eight Belgian, French and Moroccan nationals have gone on trial in Amsterdam for allegedly taking part in last year’s violent bullion heist which ended in a wild west-style shoot-out in a Dutch village.

The armed robbery on a Brink’s truck took place on May 19 at precious metal traders Schöne Edelmetaal in Amsterdam Noord. The robbers fired automatic weapons into the air, tied up staff and made off in separate cars with millions of euros in precious metal.

A police chase involving 10 vehicles ended up in fields outside Broek in Waterland, north of the city, where one of the robbers was shot dead and six others arrested. One other man was arrested later near Rotterdam.

According to the Telegraaf, a ninth suspect in the case, arrested in November, will go on trial in France later and a 10th is still awaiting extradition from Belgium to Germany. Two suspects are still being sought.

In total, the gang got away with gold and platinum valued at €14.5 million, around €4 million of which was never recovered.

The case will be heard over 11 days during the coming four weeks, with the verdict not due until April next year.

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