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Interpreter helps quiz jewel thieves but slows investigation

The interrogation of the four foreign nationals arrested in connection with the Rs 6.6-crore diamond heist at the India International Jewellery Show on August 23, has not yielded much information. HT reports.

mumbai Updated: Sep 01, 2010 02:01 IST
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The interrogation of the four foreign nationals arrested in connection with the Rs 6.6-crore diamond heist at the India International Jewellery Show on August 23, has not yielded much information.

“We have got interpreters but it slows down the questioning process and also reduces the impact because the questions and answers are routed through a third person giving the accused time to think. This does not allow us to build pressure on the suspects,” said a Crime Branch officer, requesting anonymity for lack of authorisation to talk to the media.

Three Mexicans, including a woman, and a Venezuelan were detained at the Dubai airport on August 24 in connection with the Rs 6.6-crore diamond heist from a stall at the India International Jewellery Show in Goregaon.

The accused, Guerrero Lugo Elvia Grissel (24), Campos Molan Elias (39), Gonzalez Maldonado Mauricio (24) and Gutierez Orlando, were brought to Mumbai on August 25. They are currently in custody of the Crime Branch.

He officer said police now plan to arm the interpreter with all the questions so that he can bombard the suspects with questions not giving them time to think.

“This, however, will give us little opportunity to pose counter questions,” he added.

The accused used international Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards, which they disposed of before they caught the flight to Dubai, investigators told Hindustan Times.

“The SIM cards could be of major help because they would help us ascertain who they [the arrested accused] were in touch with,” said the Crime Branch official.

The officer added that the SIM cards could have been prepaid, which the accused might have procured using fake documents.