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Dutch recover Renoir, Pissarro 22 years later

DUTCH police have recovered eight valuable paintings, including works by Renoir and Pissarro, 22 years after they were stolen from a gallery.

Prosecutors said in a statement three suspects have been arrested. They are a 45-year-old German man who lives in Dubai, his 62-year-old mother and a 66-year-old man.

All three, whose identities were not released, are due to appear in court today.

Some of the paintings, which were stolen from the Noortman gallery in the southern city of Maastricht in 1987, were badly damaged by being folded, the Dutch National Prosecutor's Office said in a statement posted on its Website on Saturday. "An expert will establish their value," the statement said.

Prosecutors said police tracked down the works after an attempt was made to sell them to the insurance company that paid out 5 million guilders (US$2.9 million) for the paintings after the theft. Prosecutors said they are investigating where the paintings had been since their disappearance.


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