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Romanians to face trial over Dutch masterpiece heist; No date has yet been set for the trial
Picture taken on October 16, 2013 shows an empty space left by a painting from French artist Henri Matisse that was stolen at the Kunsthal museum in Rotterdam. Experts are analysing ash found in the house of a Romanian suspect charged over the spectacular October theft of seven masterpieces from the Dutch museum, judicial sources said on May 29, 2013. Investigators fear that the suspects burnt the paintings when they realized they could not sell them. Six Romanians have been charged in connection with the theft of seven paintings by artists including Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso from Rotterdam's Kunsthal museum. AFP PHOTO / ANP / ROBIN UTRECHT.
BUCHAREST (AFP).- Six Romanians will stand trial over the spectacular theft of seven masterpieces from a Dutch museum last year even though the artworks have never been found, prosecutors said Monday.

However, no date has yet been set for the trial over what has been dubbed the "theft of the century" at the Kunsthal museum in Rotterdam.

Experts have estimated the value of the stolen paintings -- which include works by Picasso, Matisse and Monet -- at more than 100 million euros ($130 million).

Two of the suspects, Radu Dogaru and Adrian Procop, are accused of masterminding the theft, the Romanian prosecutor's office said in a statement.

Dogaru and several other suspects have been in custody since January, while Procop remains at large.

In May, investigators said they were analysing ashes found in the house of Dogaru's mother, raising fears that the masterpieces may have been burnt.



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