Theft of a Banksy at the Bataclan: judgment expected Thursday for eight men including the rich Varois who had won the lottery

Theft of a Banksy at the Bataclan: judgment expected Thursday for eight men including the rich Varois who had won the lottery

In the last hours of the trial, which took place from June 8 to 10, the public prosecutor requested 18 months to four years in prison for the seven French defendants and the Italian defendant, aged 31 to 58. .

This decision comes as the final arguments of the defense in the trial of the attacks of November 13, 2015, where the verdict is expected on June 29, are taking place in another building.

The “sad girl”, claimed by the street-artist with a mysterious identity, had been painted with a stencil in June 2018 in the passage Saint-Pierre-Amelot, an alley by which many spectators fled the attack which targeted the show room.

On January 26, 2019, shortly after 4:00 a.m., three masked men had cut the metal door supporting the work, carrying it away in a white van with hidden plates, in eight minutes.

This disappearance had sparked a “deep outrage”, in the words of the Bataclan team. This “symbol of meditation and belonging to all, residents, Parisians, citizens of the world, has been taken away from us”she lamented.

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The door was finally found in June 2020 in the attic of a farm in Italy.

The prosecution depicted behind this theft a “structured organization” and saw a “scavenging behavior” ; the defense described a band of “nickel feet” who have not measured the memory range of the door.

Three thirty-somethings admitted the theft, one of them claiming to have been “threatens” and forced to participate. They evoked an operation set up by greed, due to the exponential rating of Banksy on the art market, without thinking of the “symbol”.

Two appeared free, a third in pre-trial detention: the prosecutor requested four years of imprisonment, for the first two, as well as three years against the last.

The representative of the public prosecutor also claimed six years, three of which are firm, with a fine of 150,000 euros, for a 41-year-old man from Var, a millionaire after winning the lottery and a fan of street-art, considered by the prosecution to be the “sponsor” mischief.

This resident of La Seyne-sur-Mer claimed on the contrary to have been “presented with a fait accompli”having agreed out of friendship to guard the door and then wanted “remove the problem” to Italy.

Three men, who participated in different stages of the transport, as well as the owner of the Hotel des Abruzzes where the door was stored for a time, admitted the facts, however denying having known the real nature of the work.

Sentences ranging from three years’ imprisonment, including 18 months firm, to four years, including two firm, accompanied by a fine of 1,500 to 50,000 euros, were required against them.


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