NANTERRE, FRANCE (AFP) – The alleged mastermind behind the group that robbed American reality TV star Kim Kardashian at gunpoint in Paris was released from a jail on Thursday (April 30), where he was serving time for a separate case.
The gem heist in October 2016 saw five masked men walk away from Kardashian's luxurious Paris apartment with US$10.6 million worth of jewels, including a diamond ring gifted by her rapper husband Kanye West.
The 60-something alleged ringleader behind the heist, Aomar Ait Khedache, has not yet been tried for the burglary, but was serving time for another robbery.
Dubbed "Omar the Elder", Khedache was released from prison early for health reasons, the court in Nanterre and his lawyer said.
Khedache was sentenced to five years in jail in 2017 for a robbery two years prior in the chic Paris suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine.
His lawyer Chloe Arnoux welcomed his release, saying it was the result of a long battle to get him out of jail.
She said her client was "actually very far from the fantasised image of great bandit that he is portrayed as" publicly. His release would allow him to adequately prepare for the Kardashian robbery trial, which has not yet been scheduled.
"He will now be able to appear at his trial in a dignified condition, which the detention would not have allowed," Ms Arnoux said.
The dramatic Kardashian robbery, worthy of a Hollywood plotline, made headlines around the world.
The star, famous for her curves and expensive tastes, was robbed at gunpoint, gagged and locked in the bathroom before thieves left with a trove of jewels.
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