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article imageSix suspects arrested in €1.6m Air France gold 'disappearance'

By Anne Sewell     Sep 27, 2013 in Crime
Paris - Gold worth €1.6 million ($2.1 million) "disappeared" from an Air France flight from Paris to Zurich. Six suspects in the heist have now been arrested by French police.
Digital Journal reported on the mysterious disappearance of a suitcase containing around 44 kilos of gold bars, worth €1.5m, from the hold of an Air France flight from Paris to Zurich in Switzerland.
The media is now quoting the value of the gold as €1.6 million ($2.1 million) and the weight as 50 kilos (110 pounds).
The bars disappeared from the plane shortly before it left Charles de Gaulle airport on September 19, and the theft was discovered the following day in Zurich.
On Friday, French police arrested six men, in and around Paris, in connection with their suspected involvement in the theft.
According to a source close to the investigation, police are also involved in a search to recover the gold and to clear the way for the suspects to be charged.
So far it is not yet clear how the theft was carried out, but a source at the airport said the thieves had "probably made use of airport accomplices."
Reportedly this kind of shipment is a regular thing each day and the American secure transportation company Brink's (the company who had delivered the gold bars to the plane), always stay on the tarmac until the plane takes off. According to Brink's, the stolen gold bars were not under its "responsibility when they disappeared."
As to the suspects arrested on Friday , it is not yet known if any of the men are authorized to work in the airport's security zone.
In a related case, the airline was already in the spotlight after the recent record seizure of 1.3 tonnes of pure cocaine, found in 30 suitcases on an Air France flight from Caracas to Paris.
The haul, worth €200 million ($270 million), has so far led to the arrest of nine people, including three Venezuelan security agents.
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