French court convicts 8 for stealing Bataclan art

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French court convicts 8 for stealing Bataclan art

The artwork known as the sad girl was on the exit door of the Bataclan and painted in homage to those killed in the hall during the attacks for which the Islamic State claimed responsibility.

The painting depicted a sad figure wearing a veil in black and white, her head slightly bowed as she looked downward.

According to the court spokesperson, seven French citizens and an Italian citizen were sentenced to a maximum of 2 years in prison. The convicted will not serve actual prison time but will wear an electronic bracelet.

The verdict recognizes facts as they are, and is a wise decision by the court, said Romain Ruiz, the lawyer of one of the defendants. The convicted had stolen the door in 2019 and shipped it to Italy. Following investigations, the metal door was found in a farm in Italy in June 2020 without the plexiglass pane that protected it, according to CNN's French affiliate BFMTV. Since June 8, the eight men had been on trial.