x

Society

Greece Seeks Europol, Interpol Help About Art Thief’s Contacts

ATHENS – After the arrest of a construction worker and recovery of paintings by Pablo Picasso and  Piet Mondrian stolen from the National Gallery in 2012, Greek authorities have asked Europol and Interpol about his contacts and travel.

The Greek Culture Ministry had reported the discovery of  Picasso’s Head of a Woman and  Mondrian’s Stammer Windmill that were whisked away from the country's art museum.

Greek police have requested information from the Dutch authorities through Europol as part of the investigation into whether his trips to Rotterdam coincided with the theft that took place at the Kunsthal museum in the city in 2012, during which seven paintings were removed.

They've also contacted Interpol for information about his travels to Dubai in order to look for potential buyers and to make contacts with art dealers, said Kathimerini, or find a fence to sell them, 

The suspect, who was not named despite the notoriety of the case, was put into pre-trial detention after appearing before an investigative magistrate who was to get an expert opinion on the value of the recovered art.

That will be used to assess what kind of charges will be brought against the man who is said to be a painter – of rooms, not art.

The man was said to have kept the works in his house before, in apparent fear they would finally be found, hidden them in a warehouse before concealing both in protective wrapping and hiding them in a gorge outside Athens where they were found, said the British newspaper The Guardian.

The Picasso was a gift to the Greek people by the artist in honor of their resistance to a Nazi occupation in World War II

The National Gallery, Greece’s biggest public collection, only recently reopened after being closed for years for renovation, the paper noted of the timing.

Culture Minister said in a presentation of the retrieved works that it was “a special day, (a day of) great joy and emotion”. 

RELATED

ATHENS – Leaders of Greece's Roma community called for an end to violent protests that came after a police officer was charged with shooting a 16-year-old Roma boy in the head during a chase after he drove away from a gas station without paying for 20 euros ($21.

Top Stories

Columnists

A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

FALMOUTH, MA – The police in Falmouth have identified the victim in an accident involving a car plunging into the ocean on February 20, NBC10 Boston reported.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.

Video

Warnock or Walker? Georgia Runoff to Settle Last Senate Seat

ATLANTA — Georgia voters on Tuesday are set to decide the final Senate contest in the country, choosing between Democratic Sen.

NEW YORK – The renowned Archdiocesan Cathedral Choir, Youth Choir and Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Costas Tsourakis, will present the 46th Annual Cathedral Christmas Concert, ‘The Sounds of Christmas’ on December 17, 7:30 PM.

TIRANA - Apparently trying to make amends for saying Greece cheated to get into the European Union – and then apologizing - Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama told visiting Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis he's the best leader Greece could have.

ATHENS – Leaders of Greece's Roma community called for an end to violent protests that came after a police officer was charged with shooting a 16-year-old Roma boy in the head during a chase after he drove away from a gas station without paying for 20 euros ($21.

ATHENS - After Congress said that Turkey should stop violating Greek airspace, the Senate removed a provision in an annual defense bill by New Hampshire Rep.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. abc@xyz.com

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.