Friday, October 25, 2013

Romanian who admitted Dutch art heist to get reduced sentence

BUCHAREST (AFP) - A Romanian who admitted stealing seven masterpieces from a Dutch museum will get a reduced sentence because he acknowledged his guilt, a local court ruled on Thursday.

The court accepted Radu Dogaru's request to benefit from an article in Romania's penal code stipulating that a sentence can be reduced by a third if the suspect admits guilt.

Dogaru, the alleged brain of the spectacular three-minute heist, faces a maximum 20-year jail sentence if found guilty of "aggravated theft".

On Tuesday, he admitted stealing the paintings, including works by Gauguin, Picasso and Monet, in October 2012, but blamed the museum for failing to protect the masterpieces properly.

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