11th August 2020, 20:39
A Moroccan national has been charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, in relation to the theft of 1.5 million euros in cash from a New Harbours warehouse in 2017.
Hakim El Lagmich was arrested in Spain and extradited to Gibraltar on the strength of a European Arrest Warrant issued by the Supreme Court. He was charged on arrival.
In 2019, Rachid Behdaoui and Samir Douaui were sentenced to over 8 years and over 3 years respectively for their roles in the robbery, in which employees at the warehouse were tied up, assaulted and held at gunpoint, although the weapon was later found to be a BB gun.
It is alleged the defendant, an employee of the warehouse at the time, received his share of profits following the heist, and maintained contact with Mr Bhedaoui and Mr Douaui.
On Tuesday morning, Mr El Lagmich was denied bail, with the judge citing the use of a firearm during the robbery (whether real or not), the potentially significant sentence he may face and his insufficient ties to Gibraltar, as reasons to keep him on remand.
His next appearance will be at the Supreme Court next month.