Stolen work Van Gogh was in the possession of the Italian mafia
The two stolen paintings by Vincent van Gogh were in the hands of an Italian maffiabende. The terms of members of the clan Amato-Pagano, who is involved with international drug trafficking.
According to the Italian justice going to be one of the “most ruthless and active criminal organizations of the camorristische mafia” in the area of Naples. With the term Camorra is usually the mafia in and around the Italian city of Naples referred to.
Friday it became known that the canvases have been found, which in 2002 from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam are stolen. It comes to view of the sea at Scheveningen (1882) and The issuance of the Reformed Church in Nuenen (1884/85).
During a press conference in Naples, the prosecution (TO) more is known about the background of the invention. That took place in a research that aimed to ensure that the activities of the Neapolitan clans to disrupt.
The research got momentum when a picked up (tips over and the police told about the paintings and the many other possessions of the gang.
Two stolen paintings by Vincent van Gogh visit
‘View of the sea at Scheveningen” from 1882
Going out of the Reformed Church in Nuenen, 1884/1885
Journalists photograph Axel Rüger, in addition to ‘going out of the Reformed Church in Nuenen’. Both paintings were in 2002 stolen from the Van Gogh Museum.
An Italian policeman stands next to Van Gogh’s ‘view of the sea at Scheveningen”. The works have been found during a major investigation into organised crime in Italy.
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The Amato-Pagano had, according to justice on the “immense human and material resources”. The police took tens of millions of euros of goods seized, including a small plane, reported Italian media.
The gang, headed by the also arrested ‘capo’ Raffaele Imperial, was according to the police, in close contact with the Dutch underworld. Possible she came into the possession of the two Van Gogh’s.
According to the Italian minister of Culture shows the find once again that criminals art often use as a mutual method of payment.
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Stolen van Gogh paintings after fourteen years found in Italy