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revenge killing

'Helicopter Heist' linked to footballer's murder

Published söndag 6 maj 2012 kl 11.15
The football club Assyriska pays its respect to player Eddie Moussa, who was killed with his brother Yaacoub in 2010. Photo: Niklas Larsson/Scanpix

The execution-style killing of a known football player and his brother in 2010 is now believed to have been revenge for a robbery in Västberga the year before, says a police source to newspaper Länstidningen.

"We are certain that the motive was revenge," a source tells Länstidningen (LT), the local paper in Södertälje where Yaacoub and Eddie Moussa were murdered.

In the investigation into criminal networks in Södertälje, which landed several suspects in the still ongoing and largest gang trial in Sweden's history, the police found emails between a friend of Yaacoub Moussa and a suspected gang leader, who was interrogated by police after the 2009 robbery which media dubbed "The Helicopter Heist."

The police source tells Länstidningen that Yaacoub Moussa is suspected of financing the robbery and had a role in money laundering afterwards.

It is not clear where the business dealings went wrong but Moussa's widow has previously testified in court that the gang leader known only as NN, and nicknamed the Godfather, wanted him killed, reports Dagens Nyheter.

Moussa had bought a bullet proof vest and installed security cameras.

"Something made NN so furious that he puts a price on his head, and these two were friends from childhood," the source tells LT.

"We have information that Yaacoub became greedy towards the end."

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