|Dutch won't ask for Romanian suspects who stole paintings from Rotterdam's Kunsthal |
An empty space is seen on October 16, 2012 where a painting by French artist Henri Matisse was stolen at the Kunsthal museum in Rotterdam a day after seven masterpieces worth up to 200 million euros were stolen from the museum in a pre-dawn heist. A 19-year-old Romanian woman has been arrested in Rotterdam in the art heist probe, Dutch police said on March 4, 2013. AFP PHOTO / ANP / ROBIN UTRECHT.
THE HAGUE (AFP).- Dutch prosecutors will not ask Bucharest to extradite the suspects in a spectacular art theft from a Rotterdam museum last year, saying on Thursday it was a Romanian matter.
"The Public Prosecution is not planning to ask for the extradition of the suspects who are currently in custody," it said in a statement issued from Rotterdam.
"The suspects are being prosecuted in Romania, it is a Romanian investigation and because they are Romanian," the prosecutor's office gave as reasons for its decision.
Seven Romanians have so far been charged in connection with the lightning robbery of the seven masterpieces from Rotterdam's Kunsthal Museum in October last year.
Four are currently in custody in Romania, one has been charged but remains free and another is on the run. A Romanian woman has also been charged in the Netherlands.
The paintings included Pablo Picasso's "Tete d'Arlequin", Claude Monet's "Waterloo Bridge" and Lucian Freud's "Woman with Eyes Closed".
Charged with conspiracy and aggravated theft, the suspects have been linked to at least two of the artworks -- by Paul Gauguin and Henri Matisse -- which they allegedly tried to sell in Romania.
They have repeatedly proclaimed their innocence.
Experts have estimated the paintings' value at more than 100 million euros ($130 million).
The heist gripped the Netherlands and the art world as police apparently struggled to piece the crime together, despite putting 25 officers on the case.
Dutch prosecutors however praised the Romanian investigation saying it was "thorough and widespread."
"We have full confidence in the investigation and work well together," they said.
© 1994-2013 Agence France-Presse
April 5, 2013
Discoveries at Hamei Yoav: A 1,500 year old wine press and a ceramic model of a church
Britain's Tate Gallery pulls naked girl prints by 'paedophile' artist Graham Ovenden
Letter from Metropolitan Museum of Art Director Thomas P. Campbell on admissions policy
Sotheby's Spring Sale of Photographs offers a variety of exceptional works from the 19th to the 21st centuries
Dutch won't ask for Romanian suspects who stole paintings from Rotterdam's Kunsthal
New paintings and sculptures by Kenny Scharf on view at Paul Kasmin Gallery
Exhibition of new acrylic paintings by Andrew Kuo opens at Marlborough Chelsea
Exemplary works from private collections to be offered in Christie's Sale of 19th Century European Art
Christie's will celebrate Asian Art in London this spring with several sales between 14-17 May
The lost art of carving: Rare mineral and lapidary works of art to highlight May auction in Los Angeles
Bridgette Mayer Gallery announces "Notes", a show by world renowned artist, Radcliffe Bailey
Harry Bertoia's Dandelion leads Bonhams $1.5 million 20th Century Decorative Arts Auction
City lines by London-based artist Patrick Vale opens at the Coningsby Gallery
R. B. Kitaj: Personal Library opens at the Jewish Museum
Broad MSU's Wang Chunchen to curate Chinese pavilion at 2013 Venice Biennale
Family pearls given by Lord Curzon to his daughter when she married Oswald Mosley to sell at Bonhams
Jack Bell Gallery presents Cameron Platter's 'Everyday Apocalypse', the artist's first exhibition in the UK
Phillips New York single-owner and various-owner photographs sale totals $8,350,125
La Biennial de Lyon announces additional artists for 12th edition
Auctioned Louis XVI 'bloodstain' fetches thousands of euros
Most Popular Last Seven Days
1.- Colossal statue of Amenhotep III unveiled on the west bank of the Nile in Egypt
2.- British royals crown New York visit with gala dinner
3.- Missing artwork rediscovered in "Stuart Little" sells for over 200,000 euros at auction
4.- Rossetti's Venus Verticordia soars at Sotheby's in London to sell for £2.88 million
5.- Russian magnate buys, then returns Nobel prize to American geneticist James Watson
6.- Egyptian Museum unveils four newly renovated halls of the famed Tutankhamun gallery
7.- 'The Secret of Dresden: From Rembrandt to Canaletto' on view at the Groninger Museum
8.- Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum reopens after three-year renovation
9.- More than 200 queries about works by possible heirs received on Nazi-era art hoard
10.- Attorney, artist and filmmaker reflects on the seven lessons learned at 2014 Art Basel Miami Beach
Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .
|Royalville Communications, Inc|