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Paris court convicts eight men over the theft of Banksy artwork from Paris attack site


The artwork known as the “sad girl” was on the exit door of the Bataclan and painted in homage of those killed at the hall during the attacks for which the Islamic State claimed responsibility.

The painting showed a sad figure wearing a veil in black and white, her head slightly bowed as she gazed downward.

A policeman stands guard near a piece of art attributed to Banksy, that was stolen at the Bataclan in Paris in 2019.

Seven French citizens and an Italian citizen were sentenced to a maximum of 2 years in prison, according to the court spokesperson. The convicted will not serve actual prison time but will be wearing an electronic bracelet.

“I think it’s a wise decision by the court,” said Romain Ruiz, lawyer of one of the defendants, “the verdict recognizes the facts as they are.”

The convicted had stolen the door in 2019 and shipped it to Italy.

According to CNN’s French affiliate BFMTV “following investigations, the metal door was found in June 2020 in a farm in Italy, without the plexiglass pane which protected it.”

The eight men had been on trial since June 8.



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Abdullah is a former educator, lifelong money nerd, and a Plutus Award-winning freelance writer who specializes in the scientific research behind irrational money behaviors. Her background in education allows her to make complex financial topics relatable and easily understood by the layperson. She is the author of four books, including End Financial Stress Now and The Five Years Before You Retire.
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