The appeals court upheld the convictions of the helicopter pilot and four of the other robbers and gave them tougher prison sentences, up to eight years behind bars, for their involvement in the spectacular robbery which hit headlines around the world in September 2009. One man suspected of complicity but freed by a local court was also freed by the appeals court.
A stolen helicopter was flown on top of a money depot in the heist, the armed robbers then broke through the glass roof and stole millions of dollars. The suspects had previously sabotaged police helicopter pads, so the police could not give chase in the air. The loot has still not been recovered.