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Two Convicted For Japan’s Robbery of Century

December 11, 1992

Undated (AP) _ PARIS (AP) - Two French men were sentenced to six years in prison Friday for pulling the largest-ever heist in Japan, an armored-car robbery that netted $2.6 million.

Philippe Jamin, 36, and Nordine Tifra, 31, from the ghetto suburbs north of Paris, were convicted by the court in suburban Bobigny of receiving stolen goods. A third defendant, Rene Pastore, 38, was acquitted.

Jamin and Tifra will walk free within a few days. They have been jailed since 1988, either awaiting trial or serving time for other offenses. The court ruled that the time already served could stand for Friday’s sentences.

Japan has not attempted to extradite the trio since they are French nationals. Japanese police supplied evidence used at the five-day trial.

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