A court has acquitted for lack of evidence 18 suspects accused of being involved in a massive 2013 diamond heist at Brussels Airport when tens of millions worth of gems were stolen from the hold of a departing Swiss-bound plane.
One other person, suspected of being the mastermind, will hear his case in court later.
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Defense lawyer Nathalie Gallant said the "acquittal is the proof that prosecution failed to bring evidence on the involvement of each of the accused, and there were a lot of them."
The heist was estimated at $50 million at the time and was one of the biggest of recent times. It stunned the world with its clockwork precision of breaking into the high-security airport runway, driving up to the plane and, flashing guns, grabbing the diamonds.