We don't mess with royal watches. The court in Rabat, the capital of Morocco, sentenced fifteen people on Friday night to terms ranging from 4 to 15 years in prison. They were prosecuted for having participated in the theft of several watches belonging to the king.
The main suspect, a 46-year-old housekeeper who worked in one of the palaces of Mohammed VI, received 15 years in prison, his lawyer said, as did his accomplice. The other 13 defendants, all men, are gold retailers and intermediaries. They were at least sentenced to 4 years in prison.
In 2018, the photo of a million-dollar watch
The cleaning lady, accused of having stolen 36 watches, first started by melting them to resell the raw material to shops specializing in the gold trade. Then she started selling them as is.
Arrested at the end of 2019, the fifteen protagonists of the file were tried for "robbery" and "constitution of a criminal gang". Retailers and intermediaries said they did not know the origin of the watches.
King Mohammed VI was ranked in 2014 by Forbes magazine as one of the richest personalities in the world. His fortune was estimated at more than 2.5 billion dollars (about 2.2 billion euros).
The 56-year-old monarch has a large collection of luxury cars, valuable canvases, yachts. In September 2018, an Instagram account dedicated to high-end watches analyzed a photo of the king. The legend describes the watch on his wrist as a Patek Philippe in white gold encrusted with diamonds valued at $ 1.2 million (around 1 million euros).