Germany Extradites To Ukraine Three Suspects In Case On Caravaggio Painting Stolen From Odesa Museum (18:10, Thursday, October 14, 2010)
Ukrainian News Agency
Germany has extradited to Ukraine three suspects in the case on the painting The Taking of Christ, or Judas’s Kiss, a canvas by Caravaggio, which was stolen from the Odesa Museum of Western and Eastern Art.
Ukrainian News learned this from a statement by the press service of the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine.
The extradition was finalized on October 14.
The suspects were brought to Kyiv by a flight from Berlin.
The said persons are suspected of committing a theft of the painting from the Odesa Museum of Western and Eastern Art in July 2008. They are also suspected of other crimes in different regions of Ukraine.
German law enforcement agencies arrested the suspects in Berlin on June 25, 2010, when they tried to sell the canvas.
The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine within terms set by the European convention on extradition of offenders of 1957 sent to Germany inquiries on extradition of the suspects.
The German authorities satisfied the inquiry.
As Ukrainian News earlier reported, on arrest in Germany the suspects applied to the German authorities with a request to provide them political asylum.
On August 30, Germany handed over to Ukraine painting The Taking of Christ, or Judas’s Kiss.
Experts estimate the withdrawn Caravaggio painting to cost some USD 100 million.
The painting is currently kept in the national scientific restoration center.