Raffaele Imperiale Has Been Arrested in Connection to a Many years-Outdated Van Gogh Theft

The the 2 Vincent Van Gogh work which had been stolen and which have since been recovered. High Channel Albania / YouTube

Italian felony and fugitive Raffaele Imperiale was arrested on August 4 in connection to a theft from Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum, new experiences point out. Imperiale, who’s been at giant for years, is certainly one of Italy’s most wished criminals and has a protracted historical past of affiliation with cash laundering and drug trafficking; he’s additionally allegedly a boss inside the organized crime syndicate Camorra, which is primarily based in Naples. After being stolen in 2002, the Van Gogh work View of the Sea at Scheveningen (1882) and Congregation leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen (1884-1885) finally turned up in 2016 in a farmhouse on property Imperiale owned.

The work had been found swaddled in cotton sheets and hidden behind a wall by the Guardia di Financa. Earlier this 12 months, Imperiale asserted in an interview with Il Mattino that he had nothing to do with the theft of the work. “I purchased them instantly from the thief as a result of the value was enticing… However most of all as a result of I like artwork,” he stated. The Italian Ministry of the Inside highlighted the frequent arrests and kidnappings which were affiliated with the Camorra group.

“Due to articulated and sophisticated investigations and fruitful worldwide judicial and police cooperation, additionally by means of the companies of Interpol and Europol, it has been doable to deliver to justice a number one exponent of worldwide drug trafficking and cash laundering, who has gathered big illicit property primarily due to the sale of cocaine,” the Inside’s assertion reads.

Imperiale, who was arrested in Dubai, will now be extradited to Italy as a way to face the nation’s justice ministry. Imperiale has been wished in Italy on worldwide drug trafficking prices since 2016, and has additionally been concerned within the operation of funding corporations and eating places whereas taking part in interactions with Dutch and South American drug traffickers.