The 29-year-old Radu Dogaru, who admitted masterminding the spectacular three-minute heist of works by Picasso, Monet and Gauguin in October 2012, was not present in court for the verdict.
“Radu Dogaru will serve six years and eight months in jail,” Judge Adrian
Ioan Chitoiu said.
One of Dogaru’s accomplices, Eugen Darie, who drove him to and from the
Rotterdam museum, was also sentenced to six years and eight months in jail.
Among the paintings stolen were Picasso’s “Tete d’Arlequin,” Monet’s
“Waterloo Bridge” and “Femme Devant une Fenetre Ouverte, dite La Fiancee” by
The missing works are feared destroyed after Dogaru’s mother, who is also
facing trial, said she had torched them in a bid to destroy evidence against
She later retracted her statement, but experts from Romania’s National
History Museum said ashes retrieved from her stove included the remains of
three oil paintings and nails from frames used before the end of the 19th
A separate investigation into the possible destruction of the artwork is
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