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THE AUTHOR OF THE “ROBBERY OF CENTURY” IN NIZA IN 1976, ON THE DOCK BY LAUNDERING

Paris / Jacques Cassandri, one of the underworld figures in Marseille, author confessed of the “robbery of the century” in a bank in Nice in 1976 sits in dock but only for the laundering of the loot which was stolen by him and invested in various assets owned by his family.

Cassandri arrived at the Correctional Court of Marseilles accused together with his children and other relatives of having invested his part of the 46 million francs of that time (about 7 million euros) stolen from an agency of Société Générale in the Mediterranean town French

The thieves’ command took advantage of the weekend of July 16 and 17, 1976, when the offices were empty, to penetrate through a tunnel that had been dug from the sewers, drill the wall of the safe and take away 317 chests. the customers had deposited there.

They left written in chalk a phrase that became famous: “no shots, no violence, no hate”.

For a long time, investigators and the judiciary were convinced that the operation was led by Albert Spaggiari, a criminal of Italian origin – a former member of the far-right terrorist organization OAS – who was arrested in Nice in October of that year, but who managed to escape five months after the office of the investigating judge who was interrogating him.

Spaggiari was sentenced in absentia to life imprisonment but was never recaptured, and died in 1989 at the age of 56 in Italy, suffering from throat cancer.

Casandri deduced that version when in 2010 – once the crime had expired – he published, under a pseudonym, a book entitled “La Verité sur le casse de Nice” (the truth about the theft in Nice) in which he declared to have been the brain of that robbery, and that Spaggiari was no more than a simple member of the team.

The problem for him is that these revelations allowed to reopen the case but with another dimension.

Taking into account the “considerable heritage” that has never worked, the researchers concluded that “the fortune of Jacques Cassandri and as a consequence of the Cassandri family has its origin hidden in the loot obtained from the theft in Nice”, according to the accusation.

Cassandri was born in Corsica 74 years ago and grew up in Marseille, became since the 1960s one of the visible heads of the underworld of that city and was condemned in the following decade for his involvement in drug trafficking networks imported from South America.

His lawyer, in statements published by Le Parisien, said that the book published in 2010, about whose authorship there is no doubt since the police found the original on his computer, is a novel that offers no incriminating evidence.

And although the lawyer acknowledged that he was left with two million francs from robbery in Nice, that money was quickly spent. (February 14, 2018, EFE/Practica Español)

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Question 1
En la noticia se dice que…
A
un hombre será juzgado por haber robado un banco hace unas décadas.
B
un hombre será condenado por haber robado millones de euros.
C
el autor confeso de un robo ha sido acusado por haber blanqueado dinero.
Question 2
Según el texto, ese robo ocurrió…
A
hace más de 4 décadas.
B
hace poco.
C
hace un par de décadas.
Question 3
Según esa novela, Cassandri…
A
solo fue el que ayudó al cerebro del robo.
B
nunca llegó a estar relacionado con ningún robo en Francia.
C
fue el que organizó e ideó ese robo.
Question 4
Según el texto, Cassandri invirtió el dinero en bienes.
A
Nadie lo sabe.
B
Para nada.
C
Así es.
Question 5
El abogado de Cassandri sostiene que…
A
su cliente jamás se gastó el dinero robado.
B
su cliente aún no se gastado todo el dinero que robó.
C
su cliente se gastó rápidamente el dinero que robó.
Question 6
En el vídeo se habla…
A
de un robo que ocurrió a principios de los años sesenta.
B
de un robo que ocurrió a finales de los sesenta.
C
de un robo que ocurrió a principios de los años setenta.
Question 7
Según el vídeo, el robo tuvo lugar en una sucursal bancaria.
A
Claro que sí.
B
En absoluto.
C
¡Imposible saberlo!
Question 8
En el vídeo se dice que…
A
los ladrones planificaron cuidadosamente el robo.
B
los ladrones actuaron de forma improvisada.
C
los ladrones a penas planificaron cómo asaltar el tren.
Question 9
Según el vídeo, esos ladrones desviaron los vagones que llevaban el dinero.
A
Quien sabe.
B
Para nada.
C
Así es.
Question 10
En el vídeo se dice que…
A
la policía solo pudo arrestar al cabecilla de la banda.
B
la policía no pudo detener a ninguno de los ladrones.
C
la mayoría de los ladrones fueron atrapados.
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