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Court convicts last of NOKAS robbers

A city court in Stavanger sentenced the last of those arrested in Norway’s biggest robbery ever to nine years in prison on Wednesday. Defendant Jusuf Hani had fled to Macedonia and it took police five years to get him into custody.

Hani was among the group of robbers who stormed the NOKAS currency depot in Stavanger during the Easter holidays of 2004. They seized nearly NOK 60 million in cash, NOK 51 million of which still hasn’t been recovered.

The robbery led to a gun battle on on the streets of downtown Stavanger, during which a veteran police officer was killed.

Most of the suspects involved in the robbery were rounded up within months and are serving prison terms deemed lengthy by Norwegian standards. Hani, however, had fled to Sweden and then to Macedonia but finally turned himself in last August.

Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that Hani received a “discount” on his prison term for finally admitting to the robbery and returning to Norway. He claims he never received any “payment” for his participation in the heist.

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