June 8, 2023

Looted items value greater than 113 million euros ($123 million) from the Inexperienced Vault in Dresden in 2019.

A German courtroom has sentenced 5 gang members to 6 years in jail for stealing priceless 18th-century jewels from a Dresden museum within the largest artwork theft in trendy historical past.

The convicts, who appeared to have been cleared of comparatively lenient sentences on Tuesday, are members of the “Remmo clan,” an prolonged household principally primarily based in Berlin with a recognized community of hyperlinks to organized crime.

Objects stolen within the Gruenes Gewoelbe (Inexperienced Vaults) museum break-in in Dresden in 2019 contained greater than 4,300 diamonds with an estimated worth of over 113 million euros ($123 million).

They included the breast star of the Polish Order of the White Eagle and a headdress set with diamonds. Nonetheless, the police mentioned many of the stolen jewellery was returned.

Six German males, all of their 20s, have been charged with aggravated gang theft and severe arson.

5 members of the identical household have been sentenced to phrases starting from 4 years and 4 months to 6 years and two months. A sixth member of the family was acquitted.

Nonetheless, the plea deal was criticized by the president of the Berlin Affiliation of Prosecutors, Ralph Knispel, who famous that the defendants weren’t required to disclose their accomplices.

“The query is what message is he sending” to different criminals, Knispel mentioned in an interview with the general public broadcaster RBB.

Prosecutors mentioned the lads sawed by way of a part of the window grille beforehand and reattached it with a view to get into the constructing as shortly as attainable in the course of the theft.

The stolen Dresden assortment was amassed within the 18th century by Augustus the Robust, Elector of Saxony and later King of Poland, who commissioned much more sensible items as a part of his rivalry with King Louis XIV of France.

The treasure survived the Allied bombing raids throughout World Battle II, however was taken by the Soviet Union as struggle booty. They have been returned to Dresden, the historic capital of Saxony, in 1958.

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