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Art theft trial in Romania adjourned

Romanian court adjourns trial of 6 people accused of Dutch art heist

Art theft trial in Romania adjourned

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- The trial of six Romanians accused of stealing several masterpieces from a Dutch museum has been adjourned for a month.

The paintings, by Picasso, Matisse and Monet, among others, were stolen last year from Rotterdam's Kunsthal gallery.

Forensic experts at Romania's National History Museum have examined ash from the stove of Olga Dogaru, the mother of the chief suspect. According to authorities, Dogaru initially said she burned the paintings to protect her son, but later denied having done so.

Speaking after Tuesday's hearing at the Bucharest Tribunal, Radu Dogaru's lawyer, Catalin Dancu, said a new "expert report" would clarify the situation. "I tell you now that you will be surprised that they are not burned," Dancu said, adding that he did not know where the paintings are now.

Updated : 2021-07-30 01:02 GMT+08:00