Diamonds and Mafia: Criminal Networks and Illicit Markets
Criminals love diamonds. This chapter presents a series of the most spectacular diamond robberies in Europe in the twenty-first century, including the famous robbery from the Antwerp Diamond Quarter and the Museon in The Hague. None of the stones were found. What happened to the stolen diamonds and to where could they disappear? This chapter deals with organised crime groups operating in Belgium and Israel, and the attempts to protect and prevent diamond-related crimes. The link between diamonds and drugs and diamonds and weapons, fraud, and money laundering are presented here based on concrete examples from fieldwork and media reports.