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Paris court convicts eight men for stealing Banksy artwork from Paris attack site


The work known as the “sad girl” was on the exit door of the Bataclan and painted in tribute to those killed in the room during the attacks claimed by the Islamic State.

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

Seven French citizens and one Italian citizen were sentenced to a maximum of 2 years in prison, according to the court spokesperson. The convict will not serve a prison sentence but will wear an electronic bracelet.

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

The convict 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 on a farm in Italy, without the plexiglass pane that protected it”.

The eight men had been on trial since June 8.


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