It was a perfectly executed “coup”. One of the thieves who participated in the robbery of reality star Kim Kardashian in Paris in 2016 tells details of the notorious assault in a book.
Yunice Abbas, 67, was one of 12 people arrested for stealing € 9 million ($ 10.8 million at current rates) in jewelry at the luxurious residence that Kim Kardashian rented in the French capital to assist to Fashion Week.
As the title of your book makes clear I kidnapped Kim Kardashian (I kidnapped Kim Kardashian) Abbas does not plan to challenge the charges at his trial that prosecutors expect to be held this year.
The robbery, which went down in history as the largest robbery of an individual in France in the last two decades, went around the world.
Most of the pieces were never found: Police have only recovered a diamond-encrusted cross that Abbas dropped as he left the site on a bicycle.
“The jury will have to decide, and in theory they will based only on what is presented to them at trial, but 50 stories have already been told about all this; I wanted to tell my truth, which I have lived, ”Abbas told AFP.
Along with five men between the ages of 60 and 72 – nicknamed by the press as the “robber grandparents” – Abbas entered Kardashian’s apartment at around 2:30 a.m. on October 3, 2016.
Rapper Kayne West’s wife later told police that the men, at least one of whom was wearing a jacket with police insignia, tied her up with plastic cables and duct tape and shoved her into the empty bathtub.
“Everything was fast, maybe five, six, seven minutes, from entry to exit, because everything went smoothly. No one interfered, the victim handed over the jewelry without resisting, ”said Abbas.
Abbas said he almost immediately regretted it. He had spent his life in and out of jail – 21 years in total – but had been “clean” for 9 years before the Kardashian robbery was offered “at a time when I needed the money,” he said.
After 22 months behind bars, a judge released him for health reasons, and now he expects a jury to be lenient after he underwent heart surgery.
“My fear is going back to jail, my health is no longer good,” he said.