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Tuesday, 15 July 2014 10:24

Romanian Art Thieves Ordered to Pay 18 Million Euros Over Kunsthal Heist

Henri Matisse's 'Reading Girl in White and Yellow,' 1919. Henri Matisse's 'Reading Girl in White and Yellow,' 1919. AP Photo/Police Rotterdam

Four Romanians behind a spectacular art heist in the Netherlands were ordered Monday to pay 18 million euros, with the fate of the stolen masterpieces by Picasso, Monet, Gauguin and Lucien Freud still a mystery.

Seven paintings that were temporarily on display at the Kunsthal Museum in Rotterdam were stolen in 2012 in a raid that lasted only three minutes, in what the Dutch media called "the theft of the century."

A court in the Romanian capital ordered the heist's mastermind Radu Dogaru, his mother Olga, Eugen Darie and Adrian Procop to reimburse the paintings' insurers.

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