Van Gogh Painting Stolen by Ministry

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

CAIRO (AP) - An Egyptian court has convicted 11 officials from the Culture Ministry, including the deputy minister, for gross negligence and incompetence in the theft of a Vincent Van Gogh painting.
The men were sentenced to three years in prison and will have to post a bond of $1,800 to stay out of prison until the appeal.
The $50 million painting, titled "Poppy Flower," was stolen in the middle of the day from Cairo's Mahmoud Khalil Museum, where investigators found that no alarms and only seven of 43 security cameras were working.
The deputy minister, Mohsen Shalan, claimed that the ministry rejected his demand for funds to upgrade security.
The museum's director and the chief of security were among those
convicted.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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