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14th January 2021, 16:31

Moroccan national allegedly involved in €1.5million robbery granted bail

A Moroccan national charged with conspiracy to rob in connection with the 1.5 million euro robbery of a tobacco warehouse in 2017, has been granted bail by the Supreme Court.

Hakim El Lagmich - who pleads not guilty to the charge - was extradited from Spain to Gibraltar in August last year on the strength of a European Arrest Warrant due to his alleged involvement in the robbery.

It is alleged the defendant, an employee of the warehouse at the time, received a share of profits following the heist, and maintained contact with two others involved in the robbery.

Once extradited to face the charge on the Rock, he was denied bail due to the use of using a firearm during the robbery, the potentially significant sentence he may face and his insufficient ties to Gibraltar.

However, following submissions from Mr Lagmich's defence lawyer Christopher Pitto, Puisne Judge Liam Yeats has granted the 34 year-old bail in the sum of £20,000 in recognisance and on the basis that he resides at a local address and surrenders his travel documents.

Mr Lagmich will next appear in court on the 21st January, with his trial expected to take place in early April.