Monday 21 August 2017

Three charged over Kim Kardashian Paris jewellery heist

TV star Kim Kardashian. Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images
TV star Kim Kardashian. Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images
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Three people have been charged over the Paris jewellery heist which targeted Kim Kardashian West.

French prosecutors also said more charges are expected to follow as they continue to investigate the raid.

Robbers are believed to have forced their way into the private apartment where Kardashian West was staying during Paris Fashion Week in October, tied up the reality TV star and stole £8.1 million (€9.28m) of jewellery.

Authorities are focusing on the possibility that the robbery was an inside job.

A 63-year-old suspect, named by prosecutors only as Yunice A, is charged with armed robbery in an organised gang, kidnapping and criminal association.

Complicity charges in the alleged robbery and kidnapping, as well as a criminal association charge, have been filed against 44-year-old Florus H.

A French police officer enters the apartment rented by Kim Kardashian in Paris (AP)
A French police officer enters the apartment rented by Kim Kardashian in Paris (AP)

The third suspect, 64-year-old Marceau B, faces preliminary charges of handling stolen goods and criminal association.

Prosecutors have requested that the suspects are kept in detention.

A fourth suspect, named as 27-year-old Gary M, is also appearing before a judge for possible charges.

Gary Madar, 27, is the brother of Kardashian West's Paris chauffeur Michael Madar. Both worked for the same car service company, and Michael Madar was freed earlier this week.

Six other people remain in custody and could face preliminary charges on Friday.

Earlier, French authorities released three men and a woman who were among 17 suspects detained on Monday.

It comes as Kardashian West used Instagram to reveal that she is jetting to Dubai for her first major public appearance since the Paris ordeal - headlining a make-up masterclass on Friday.

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