Romanian art thieves sentenced to six years in prison

Two Romanians who took part in one of the biggest art thefts in history have been sentenced to jail, following a high-profile court case in the country.

Monet Waterloo Bridge burned
Monet's Waterloo Bridge was among the seven masterpieces stolen, and may have been burnt



The pair, Radu Dogaru and Eugen Darie, stole seven paintings from the Kunsthal Rotterdam in the Netherlands last year. They will now serve more than six years in jail each, though both the prosecution and defence plan to launch appeals.

Among the stolen works, which were insured for around $24m, was Picasso's Tete d'Arlequin, Matisse's La Liseuse en Blanc et Jaune, and Monet's Waterloo Bridge.

Dogaru, thought to be the ringleader of the operation, had told the courts that he would reveal the location of the works if the trial were moved from Romania to the Netherlands, however his mother has admitted to burning some of the priceless paintings, and is also awaiting sentencing.

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