An Egyptian court Thursday jailed five officials, including a former head of the state's fine arts department, over the theft of a Van Gogh painting worth an estimated $55 million, state media said.
"Vase with Viscaria" was stolen in August from Cairo's Mahmoud Khalil museum, home to one of the Middle East's finest collections of 19th and 20th-century art.
The state MENA news agency and court officials said the five had been found guilty of "causing the theft of the painting," without giving further details.
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Egypt court jails officials over Van Gogh theft
Los Angeles Times