Three men sentenced for the Munch robbery

Three men were found guilty and three were acquitted for the armed robbery of Norwegian painter Edvard Munch's paintings "Scream" and "Madonna" from the Munch Museum in Oslo in August 2004. The paintings have not been recovered.

The sentence was handed down on 2 May and the presumed mastermind behind the robbery was sentenced to seven years imprisonment. The two others received four and eight years in prison. The men were also fined NOK 750 million (EUR 96 million) in compensation to the City of Oslo, and they have a two weeks to pay the fine. All three men appealed their convictions.
It was 22 August 2004 that the two world-renowned paintings "Madonna" and "The Scream" were stolen from the Munch Museum in Oslo by two masked men who stormed into the building. Armed with a revolver, the robbers forced guards and visitors down on the floor while they cut the strings connecting the paintings to the wall. The robbers then took off with the paintings.

Edvard Munch (1863-1944) is Norway's most renowned painter, and the works that were stolen in 2004 have not been recovered. The Munch Museum reopened in June 2005. 

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"The Scream" is Edvard Munch's most famous work and a known painting around the world.Photo: © The Munch Museum/ Munch-Ellingsen group/ BONO 2006