Kosovo: Bahrain Rolex Robbers Sentenced

Published: 10 August 2015

2013 Rolex heist, robbers wearing burqas

By Igor Spaic

A court in Kosovo's capital Pristina has sentenced four men for their part in an armed robbery in Bahrain in which members of an organized crime group stole 79 Rolex watches.

On Sept. 10, 2013, men disguised as women wearing burqas broke into a Rolex store in the city of Manama while it was closed, pilfering watches worth an estimated 1.2 million US dollars.

An Interpol warrant was issued for five suspects, who were all arrested by the end of 2013.

On Friday, a panel of judges sentenced Amin Sejdini to 12 years, and defendants Gentian Abazi and Rrahman Aliu to 11 years in prison for taking part in organized crime activities.

The three were fined 12,500 euros (about US$ 13,700) each.

Defendant Ekrem Gashi was sentenced to three years in prison for unauthorized possession of firearms.

The court found another man, Haki Gashi, not guilty of organized crime activities due to lack of evidence.