world talking news – French punk rocker gets suspended sentence after 30 years on the run after €2m bank heist
Hardly any of the cash was retrieved and a few of the anarchist robbers died from AIDS-related signs. Others spent brief spells in jail and returned to unglamorous jobs.
However Bertin evaded seize, and spent virtually 28 years on the run, residing in Portugal and Barcelona, Spain, the place he has a girlfriend and younger son.
He obtained a 10-year sentence in absentia in 2004.
Then, in a coup de theatre two years in the past, he determined to show himself in.
Earlier than his trial, he advised the BBC that his determination to return clear got here after a near-death expertise with hepatitis.
After hospital employees in Barcelona saved him freed from cost, no questions requested, he realised that he had contributed nothing to society.