Published January 13, 2015
A Romanian court has handed down sentences of six years and eight months to the ringleaders of a gang who stole paintings by Matisse, Monet and Picasso from a Dutch museum in a daring nighttime raid.
A Bucharest district court on Tuesday sentenced Radu Dogaru and Eugen Darie for the theft of seven paintings from Rotterdam's Kunsthal in Oct. 2012.
The pair, who were not in court to hear the verdict, were ordered to pay 6,000 lei ($1,830) in court costs. The sentences can be appealed.
The trial will continue for Dogaru's mother, Olga, who is charged with destroying the works. Three others are also on trial, and their court case will resume on Dec. 3.