Men jailed for Van Gogh robbery
26 July 2004 , AMSTERDAM — Two men who stole two Vincent van Gogh paintings from the Van Gogh Museum in 2002 were sentenced by the Amsterdam Court on Monday to jail terms of four and 4.5 years.
26 July 2004
AMSTERDAM — Two men who stole two Vincent van Gogh paintings from the Van Gogh Museum in 2002 were sentenced by the Amsterdam Court on Monday to jail terms of four and 4.5 years.
The prosecution had demanded jail terms of six and five years during the trial, which primarily focused on whether the two men were assisted in the robbery, Dutch public news service NOS reported.
The defence lawyer claimed the men could not have climbed into the museum through a hole in a window as authorities claimed, but investigations by the Dutch Forensics Institute (NFI) proved otherwise.
Hats belonging to the two men — who were arrested late last year — were also found in the Amsterdam museum, while bugged telephone conversations also indicated the defendants had carried out the robbery.
The court took into consideration in its ruling that the men stole extremely valuable paintings that are no longer on public display.
The thieves stole the 1882 "Zeezicht uit Scheveningen" (View of the Sea at Scheveningen) and the 1884 "Het uitgaan van de hervormde kerk in Nuenen" (Congregation leaving the Reformed church in Nuenen). The paintings have never been recovered.
The artworks have an estimated value of several million euros, but were not insured because they were in the possession of the Dutch State.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news