Rotterdam Museum Theft Suspects Promise Return of Works in Exchange for Trial in Netherlands

August 13th, 2013

Picasso's Harlequin HeadThe suspects currently on trial for the theft of seven paintings from a Rotterdam Museum have pledged to return five of the works if their trial is moved from Romania to the Netherlands, the BBC reports.  Including works by Monet and Picasso, the total value of the works has been estimated at €18 million, and were feared destroyed by the mother of one of the thieves.  “It is more likely the paintings are intact. My client says they can be handed over to the Dutch authorities. In exchange, they want to go on trial in the Netherlands.”  Said lawyer Maria Varsii.

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