|The still-missing “Poppy Flowers”, by Vincent van Gogh|
An Egyptian minister said Sunday that an employee working at the Cairo museum likely participated in the theft. Habib al-Adly told Egypt’s official news agency “There are many circumstances around the theft of the Poppy Flowers that point to the fact that a museum employee participated in the theft or stole it himself . . . The location and placement inside the museum confirms this”. This may explain why there was such a strong reaction to the arrest and a crack down on the museum’s own staff and security personnel, or it may be an attempt to find a scapegoat. Either a museum employee was complicit in the theft, or there was gross negligence which allowed this work to be cut from its frame. There are still precious few details, and the work remains missing.
- AFP: Egypt museum employee behind Van Gogh theft: minister, AFP, September 26, 2010, http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iUQB5fPhmiFCuK-JufZ785Af9icg (last visited Sep 27, 2010).
- Hadeel Al-Shalchi, Security problems abound in Egypt’s museums, Associated Press, , http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38884911/ns/technology_and_science-science/ (last visited Aug 28, 2010).
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