Brazil bank robber gets 49 years

The leader of a gang that stole $67.8m from the Central Bank of Brazil has been sentenced to almost half a century in jail.

Antonio Jussivan Alves dos Santos, whose gang dug an 80-metre tunnel beneath two city blocks in order to break into the central bank's vault, was sent down for 49 years and two months on Wednesday 5 March for his part in the biggest-ever Brazilian heist. He was also charged with money laundering and racketeering.

Santos was arrested in Brasilia on Monday 25 February, more

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