According to Kardashian, the jewels were worth around €9 million (£8.7m).

PARIS – The man behind the Paris heist of Kim Kardashian has revealed to police that the jewels were melted down and sold.

Aomar Ait Khedache, a 60-year-old nicknamed  Omar le Vieux  (Old Omar) told police that they had kept £3.5 million engagement ring given to her by husband Kanye West.

According to Kardashian, the jewels were worth around €9 million (£8.7m).

So that the jewels wouldn t be recognised, we took a joint decision to melt them down,  Mr Khedache told police as quoted by Daily Mail.

One of us took care of that…. He came back with bars… Altogether there must have been a bit more than 800 grammes,  said the suspect, whose DNA was found at the crime scene at the luxury Paris apartmentwhere Kardashian was staying.

The suspects were arrested after tracing the DNA samples.

Five suspects have been identified by their surname initials as Aomar A., 60; Pierre B., 72; Francois D., 54; Harminy A. 29; and Christiane G., the 70-year-old woman.