Updated: 29th June 2017

Kim Kardashian robbery: Paris police charge four over jewellery heist

Suspect referred to as Yunice A, 63, is accused of armed robbery in a gang and kidnapping, while three others are charged with being involved

French authorities have filed the first charges against four suspects in the armed jewellery robbery of Kim Kardashian West, with more charges expected to follow.

Robbers are believed to have forced their way into the private apartment where Kardashian West was staying during Paris Fashion Week in October 2016, tied up the reality TV star and stolen more than $10m worth of jewellery. Authorities said they suspected an inside job.

A 63-year-old suspect, named by Paris prosecutors only as Yunice A, was on Thursday handed preliminary charges of armed robbery in an organised gang, kidnapping and criminal association.

Complicity charges in the alleged robbery and kidnapping, as well as a preliminary criminal association charge, were filed against 44-year-old Florus H, the prosecutors office added.

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

All three remained in detention.

Complicity charges and a preliminary criminal association charge were filed for 27-year-old Gary M, the prosecutors office said. He was released from custody to be kept under judicial supervision.

Gary Madar, 27, is the brother of Kardashian Wests Paris chauffeur, Michael Madar. Both worked for the same car service company but Michael Madar was freed earlier in the week.

Six other people remained 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.

The robbery generated more unwanted publicity for Paris, which has had its image damaged by terror attacks in 2015 and last year. Luxury hotel bookings and foreign tourist arrivals in France are both down.

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