Eight convicted of stealing Banksy work from Bataclan

A French court has convicted eight men for the theft and handling of a Banksy painting in tribute to the victims of the attack on the Bataclan concert hall in Paris in 2015.

Three men in their 30s who admitted to the theft in 2019 were given prison terms, one of four years and two of three.

However, they will be able to serve them with electronic tracking bracelets instead of behind bars.

Another man, a 41-year-old millionaire lottery winner and street art fan accused of masterminding the robbery, was sentenced to three years in prison for handling stolen goods after judges found the main allegation unproven.

His sentence will also be served with a bracelet.

Elsewhere in the capital, the defense held its final argument in the trial of the surviving suspects from the 2015 Paris attacks itself, with a verdict expected on June 29.

British street artist Banksy painted his ‘sad girl’ work on the door of the Bataclan in memory of the 90 people who died in the worst of the 13 November 2015 jihadist attacks that hit several locations in the city.

After the theft early in the morning of January 26, 2019, police finally tracked down the door to a farmhouse in Italy.

Three men involved in transporting the door were each given ten months in prison, while a 58-year-old Italian man who owns a hotel where it was temporarily stored was given a six-month suspended sentence.

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