Kim Kardashian chauffeur company boss RELEASED without charge

Bags from the raids were taken away by police yesterday and 17 people were arrested in total

The suspects’ homes are still being searched, with documents and other potential evidence being seized. A suspect (right) is pictured being escorted to a police station

‘The money she lost during this robbery is not the only issue. Even though my client was not injured, this assault was very brutal and traumatic. Imagine yourself alone, at night, in front of armed people.’

Earlier this month, Ms Kardashian broke her silence on the robbery in a teaser for the family’s reality show, telling two of her sisters her thoughts at the time: ‘They’re going to shoot me in the back. There’s no way out. It makes me so upset to think about it.’

It has also emerged that French police have failed to call on the key witness in the case – because the authorities will not grant him a temporary visa to enter France.

Abdulrahman, the Algerian concierge who was tied up and forced to give the robbers access to the reality star’s apartment, left France in November to recover from the stress of the experience.

A handcuffed man was seen being led in to a police station in Paris following the raids yesterday

A handcuffed man was seen being led in to a police station in Paris following the raids yesterday

Raids are also underway at other key premises, including a jewellery shop in the centre of Paris. Police are pictured bringing a suspect into custody in Paris

Raids are also underway at other key premises, including a jewellery shop in the centre of Paris. Police are pictured bringing a suspect into custody in Paris

Currently in Algeria, Abdulrahman, 39, is thought to be the only person to have clearly seen the intruders’ faces, and to have had prolonged conversations with them on the night of the crime.

So far, however, investigators have not contacted him to identify the suspects, and his attempts to enter France to be available to police have been rejected, MailOnline can reveal.

He told MailOnline: ‘Before leaving France, the judge in charge of this case told my lawyers that I should renew my residence permit so I can travel quickly for the investigation purposes.

‘Last week, I was in Paris to receive a letter from ‘le prefet de Police’ but he refused my request.’

He added: ‘It is so crazy.’

A suspect in Kim Kardashian West's Paris robbery is brought to BRB building, Brigade de Repression du Banditisme (suppression of banditry brigade), by police

A suspect in Kim Kardashian West’s Paris robbery is brought to BRB building, Brigade de Repression du Banditisme (suppression of banditry brigade), by police

The suspects that police have held are accused of breaking into the reality TV star's Paris apartment block last October

The suspects that police have held are accused of breaking into the reality TV star’s Paris apartment block last October

The accused men are suspected of stealing millions of pounds worth of jewellery

The accused men are suspected of stealing millions of pounds worth of jewellery

Sources say that 'months of surveillance' has taken place, including phone taps. A suspect is pictured being taken to a police station in Paris

Sources say that ‘months of surveillance’ has taken place, including phone taps. A suspect is pictured being taken to a police station in Paris

Abdulrahman’s lawyer, Henri de Beauregard, told MailOnline: ‘He had a visa that expired in November, and when he applied for a new one, he was refused.

‘He doesn’t want to stay in France for long, he just wants to come and be available for the investigation and help the police. It is important for justice and important for him.

‘A victim is a victim. He is no less a victim than Kim – he has a right to face his aggressor.

‘I don’t know if this is incompetence or just a bad decision. He is the best witness, he saw the criminals much longer than Miss Kardashian. I hope the police have a lot of solid proof and evidence, because if they don’t, it will be seen as a crazy decision.’

French police have arrested 17 people over the robbery of Kim Kardashian in Paris, it has emerged

French police have arrested 17 people over the robbery of Kim Kardashian in Paris, it has emerged

One theory is that many of Ms Kardashian's jewels ended up in Antwerp – the diamond capital of Europe and a police operation was carried out in the Belgian city today (pictured)

One theory is that many of Ms Kardashian’s jewels ended up in Antwerp – the diamond capital of Europe and a police operation was carried out in the Belgian city today (pictured)

Belgium police are known to be involved in the investigation, and are carrying out checks in a number of businesses in Antwerp

Kim Kardashian returned to social media this month and was on Snapchat for a make-up tutorial in Dubai

Kim Kardashian returned to social media this month and was on Snapchat for a make-up tutorial in Dubai

The gang escaped on ‘velibs’ – hire bicycles which can be rented all over Paris – but one of them dropped a diamond pendant worth around £28,000 in the street outside.

It was found by a woman who handed it in to police, as grainy CCTV of the men on bikes also emerged.

Police said the butter-fingered thief who lost the necklace had effectively led them to the entire group of suspects.

A DNA match from the necklace, along with tape used to gag Ms Kardashian, enabled detectives to trace key members of the gang.

A surveillance operation then led detectives to the other suspects, including jewel dealers thought to have been involved in fencing the stolen gems.

Just an hour before the robbery, Kim posted a video on Snapchat that showed her wearing the engagement ring (left) 

Just an hour before the robbery, Kim posted a video on Snapchat that showed her wearing the engagement ring (left)

The multimillionaire, who was in the French capital for Paris Fashion Week, was locked in a bathroom while robbers stole a $4.5 million ring and a case of jewellery valued at $5.6 million

Forensics material found in a Paris hotel matched that of a well-known convicted armed robber described as a ‘major thug’.

A suspected ‘Mr Big’ has been partially identified as Pierre B, a 72-year-old ‘career villain’ from the south of France who made millions through counterfeit money.

Others arrested include two diamond dealers and three women – some of whom are suspected of trailing Ms Kardashian around Paris before the robbery. They can be held for up to 96 hours before being charged or released.

Homes were still being searched on Monday, documents and other potential evidence being seized.

Raids were also underway at other key premises, including a jewellery shop in the centre of Paris.

A source confirmed that ‘months of surveillance’ had taken place, including phone taps.

Spending patterns have been looked at, and attempts to re-sell the jewellery stolen in October.

 

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