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FIVE JAILED OVER VAN GOGH THEFT IN EGYPT
Apr. 26, 2011

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Art theft is taken very seriously in Egypt. Vincent van Gogh’s painting of a vase of yellow flowers, dubbed Vase with Viscaria, was stolen last year from Cairo’s Mahmoud Khalil Museum, and now five people -- none of them the thief -- have been sentenced for negligence in regards to the crime. Mohsen Shaalan, head of the fine arts department in the culture ministry, received one year in prison, while four museum employees received six-month jail terms. The search for the painting, which is said to be worth more than $50 million, continues. Some 30 museum staffers have been fingerprinted.


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