Antique dealer convicted in France

29th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

29 June 2007, MELUN, France (AFP) - A Dutch antique dealer was sentenced on Thursday to 14 months in jail for his role in a European art trafficking ring that targeted the Chateau de Fontainebleau in a 1995 heist.

29 June 2007

MELUN, France (AFP) - A Dutch antique dealer was sentenced on Thursday to 14 months in jail for his role in a European art trafficking ring that targeted the Chateau de Fontainebleau in a 1995 heist.

Franciscus Tanis, 52, was allowed to walk free after the ruling, having already served 30 months in detention, his lawyer Laure Tric said.

Tanis was charged along with fellow antique dealer Antonius Van Hulst and Petrus Schoofs, 44, currently detained in the Netherlands.

The three men were accused of stealing 13 objects from the Chateau de Fontainebleau worth EUR 2 million during a heist, making off with loot including seven clocks, two chariots, and two gold royal swords  that belonged to Napoleon's brother, Jerome Bonaparte.

Only part of the loot was recovered.

[Copyright AFP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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