Nine arrested in France over Saudi prince robbery

French police arrest nine suspects over links to robbery of Saudi prince in Paris last year

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Nine people have been arrested by French police over the robbery of €250,000 from a Saudi prince in Paris last August.

The suspects are now reportedly in police custody after being detained in raids across Paris on Monday.

According to sources, the prince - whose convoy was targeted in last summer’s robbery - was Abdul Aziz Bin Fahd, the youngest son of King Fahd who died in 2005.

In addition to the money, ”sensitive” diplomatic documents were also stolen by a gang of five to eight thieves who surrounded the convoy as it traveled from the Champs Elysees district to the Le Bourget airport.

The thieves later escaped in two BMWs as well as a Mercedes which was hijacked from the 10-vehicle convoy along with its occupants, who were later released.

One BMW and the Mercedes were later found torched northeast of Paris near the village of Saint-Mesmes.

Two documents in Arabic were also recovered at the scene.

Neither the prince nor any of the other victims of the robbery were hurt in the incident.

TRTWorld and agencies