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BRUSSELS---Unlike the brilliant
thieves in Ocean's Eleven, it appears
that those behind the clockwork-
precision, US$50 million diamond heist
at Brussels Airport may not get a
Hollywood ending. After three months
of virtual silence on the matter,
authorities struck this week, detaining
at least 31 people in a three-nation
sweep and recovering so many
diamonds from the loot Antwerp
traders lost that they are still figuring
out the exact value. Officials said that
among the people held in Belgium,
France and Switzerland on Tuesday and
yesterday are some with violent
criminal pasts; the one person held in
France is believed to have been one of
the robbers at the airport. The evidence
seized includes large sums of cash,
precious stones and luxury cars. "It was
a total surprise for us," said Caroline De
Wolf of the Antwerp World Diamond
Center, whose traders lost millions in
the February 18 heist. "But we were
delighted when we heard."
Six to eight people were detained in
Geneva, and 24 in and around Brussels.
Perhaps the most important discovery
was in Geneva of stones that could
immediately be linked to the cache
spirited away from the airport. (AP)
31 held in probe of US$50m Belgium diamond heist
At least two of the women held
captive in an Ohio house for about
a decade were raped by their cap-
tors, a source close to the case has
told the BBC.
One woman was forced to help
Amanda Berry give birth and was
threatened with death if the baby
died, the source said as two of the
women returned home.
Cleveland s police chief has said
the women were held with ropes
Former school bus driver Ariel
Castro, 52, has been arrested along
with his two brothers, Pedro, 54,
and Onil, 50.
Ariel Castro owns the home where
the three women were found.
The source told the BBC one of
the women became pregnant many
times and had multiple miscarriages.
Another woman became pregnant
and was so badly beaten she lost the
baby, the source added.
The source also said the woman
who helped Ms Berry deliver her
daughter, Jocelyn, now six, was
threatened with death if the child
did not survive.
Meanwhile, hundreds of people
gathered around the DeJesus family
home, cheering as 23-year-old Gina
DeJesus, wearing a bright yellow
hooded shirt, was escorted into her
home by a woman with her arm
In a news conference outside the
house, members of her family
appealed to neighbours to help find
a fourth missing girl, Ashley Sum-
mers, who has not been seen since
2007 when she was 14 years old.
"There are not enough words to
say or express the joy that we feel
for the return of our family member
Gina, and now Amanda Berry, her
daughter and Michelle Knight who
is our family also," said Sandra Ruiz,
Ms DeJesus aunt.
She praised the FBI and Cleveland
police for their long-time support,
and asked neighbours not to retaliate
against the suspects family.
Felix DeJesus, Ms DeJesus father,
said people needed to watch out for
children in their neighbourhood,
exhorting the community to "fix"
Berry, 27, arrived at her sister s
home shortly before midday yester-
day, along with her daughter Jocelyn,
apparently conceived and born in
911 call: "Help me I m Amanda
Berry... I ve been missing for 10
Police Chief Michael McGrath said
Berry, DeJesus and the third victim,
Michelle Knight, 32, were in good
condition "considering the circum-
Chief McGrath added that while
in captivity, the women were some-
times allowed outside in the garden.
Meanwhile, Cleveland public safe-
ty director Martin Flask said that no
human remains had been found at
the home, after "a thorough search".
Police have said they are also inves-
tigating other properties.
Ariel Castro is accused of kidnap-
ping and sexually abusing the three
women; his brothers are accused of
complicity in the same offences,
according to arrest documents.
The police chief said investigators
were interviewing the Castro broth-
ers, and they were talking.
Chief McGrath disputed claims
by neighbours that police did not
fully investigate reports of suspicious
activity at 2207 Seymour Avenue,
which is in a working-class, mostly
Puerto Rican district.
Berry escaped on Monday with
the help of a neighbour who heard
her screaming and kicking a door
while her alleged captor was out of
When police arrived they also
found DeJesus and Knight in the
house. DeJesus had gone missing
aged 14 in 2004, while Knight had
disappeared in 2002, aged 20.
Ariel Castro reportedly fled the
neighbourhood and was arrested at
a nearby McDonald s restaurant,
according to local media.
His son, Anthony Castro, told
London s Daily Mail newspaper that
his father would not let him inside
on his last visit to Seymour Avenue.
"The house was always locked,"
he said. "There were places we could
never go. There were locks on the
basement. Locks on the attic. Locks
on the garage."
It is unclear when the other Castro
brothers were detained.---BBC
Rescued Cleveland women
'repeatedly raped by captors'
...held with ropes and chains
These images provided by the FBI
show the updated "Missing Person"
poster for Amanda Berry and
Georgina "Gina" Dejesus.
A house where three women escaped is shown Tuesday, in Cleveland, the day after the three women, who
vanished a decade ago, were found there. Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, who went missing
separately about a decade ago, were found in the home just south of downtown Cleveland and likely had been tied
up during years of captivity, said police, who arrested three brothers. AP PHOTO
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