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Banker robbed in Sandton hotel

A Jordanian banker had over R2m stolen from his hotel safe.

Jordanian banker Farid Alshabbar. Picture: Mandy Wiener/EWN
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SANDTON - A prominent Jordanian banker on Tuesday said he was outraged and felt unsafe after R2million in cash was stolen from his hotel room safe in Sandton, Johannesburg.

The cash was allegedly stolen by a senior hotel employee.

A porter who works at the Sandton Holiday Inn appeared in the Alexandra Magistartes Court on Tuesday in connection with the crime after he was found in possession of €5000.

But police are still searching for the main suspect.

Dr Farid Alshabaar presents himself as banker to several royal families in Saudi Arabia.

Sitting in his hotel room, Alshabaar explained how he arrived back from dinner on Saturday night to discover his safe had been cleared out.

He said €180,000 and R300,000 was stolen from the room safe along with a Rolex watch, but a kilogram of gold was left behind.

The banker said he was using the cash to speculate by buying gold and to gamble at casinos while in the country

The main suspect is said to be on the run.

Alshabaar said his safety had been violated.

“It’s not an issue of money. They can open your door and kill you at anytime they want. There is no safety.”

Alshabaar said he was told a senior hotel employee used a porter’s card to gain access to the room.

He said hotel employees tried to stop him from contacting the police.

“They told me police would not come here. They also said you have to pay money for police to come and they will not cooperate with you. They said I could only go to the police on Monday.”

Holiday Inn said police were immediately informed and they were cooperating with authorities.

However, the hotel would not say whether its staff members were involved.

But Alshabaar said hotel management were refusing to hand over CCTV footage.

(Edited by Zethu Zulu)

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