Biggs’ lawyers have contended the 30-year sentence was too harsh and ”disproportionate,” given the minor role Biggs played in the robbery. Another member of the gang received a 15-year sentence. The 73-year-old Biggs, who is partially paralyzed after a series of strokes, is not due for release until 2020.
Biggs appealed to the High Court after the Criminal Cases Review Commission refused his case. Biggs was sentenced for participating in the 1963 holdup of a mail train that netted the equivalent of nearly $50 million today. He escaped from prison in 1965 and eventually settled in Brazil.
He was arrested immediately after returning to Britain in 2001 and ordered jailed for the remaining 28 years of his sentence. Biggs’ family said it was considering appealing Thursday’s decision to the European Court of Justice.