Bank inside EU parliament house robbed

February 13th, 2009 - 12:58 pm ICT by IANS  

Brussels, Feb 13 (Xinhua) A man barged into an in-house bank in the European Union
parliament complex Thursday afternoon and made off with an undisclosed sum of money despite heavy security.

Witnesses said the man threatened the staff with a gun in a ING business hall in the legislature building, and quickly fled after a terrified assistant handed him the cash. No one was hurt in the robbery.

Police were looking through security video in an effort to identify the unmasked robber Thursday night. As all visitors who try to enter the parliament complex have to undergo strict security procedures, the police suspect that the gun the robber showed was not real.

Mikhail Gorbachev, the former Soviet leader, and Prince Albert of Monaco were among the high-profile visitors who were at a conference in the building when the robbery took place.

Questions about the parliament’s security system were raised again after the incident, just one day after the EU head office said it would tighten security to counter the threat of espionage.

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