EPT Berlin Robber Jailed For 6 Years And 4 Months

EPT Berlin Robber Jailed For 6 Years And 4 MonthsBack on 6th March, 2010, US pro Kevin MacPhee topped a 945 player field to take down the €5,000 EPT Berlin for €1,000,000.
However, the PokerStars sponsored tournament became more well known for the incident which took place at 2.15pm on day four of the five day event, when armed robbers staged a heist at The Grand Hyatt Hotel in Berlin and made off with €242,000 in cash. As an eye-witness describing the chaos at the time, recalled:
“They screamed ‘armed robbery’. We didn’t know what was going on. Then there was panic and everyone jumped underneath tables before they tried to escape through the emergency exit.”
However, things started to unfold for the gang after one of the men walked into a police station on 15th March with his lawyer and proceeded to name his fellow conspirators.
Soon after, all six suspects were arrested, with four of the men aged between 19 and 21 subsequently receiving three and a half years in prison at a trial in June last year.
Over a year and a half later, and it was the turn of the mastermind behind the attack to receive his punishment. Ibrahim al Moussa was accused of having recruited and directed the four criminals, as well as serving as the getaway driver and distributing the cash.
Receiving his sentence at the hands of The Berlin District Court, the 30 year-old was given a six years and four months stretch behind bars. However, despite expressing remorse for his actions, he has repaid just €22,000 of the stolen money with the rest of the cash still to be recovered.
With the sentencing of Ibrahim al Moussa, just the sixth gang member Mohammed Abou-Charka, 32, has yet to learn his fate. Abou-Charka actually played in the tournament and was key to scouting the premises and signalling when to begin the robbery.

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