May 2, 2006

Norway court finds 3 men guilty of “Scream” theft

OSLO (Reuters) - A Norwegian court found three men guilty
on Tuesday of the theft of Edvard Munch's masterpieces "The
Scream" and "Madonna" from an Oslo museum in 2004 and acquitted
three others.

The six had pleaded not guilty in February.

The two 1893 paintings have never been recovered despite a
2 million Norwegian crowns ($325,900) reward.

Five of the men had been charged with planning or taking
part in the daylight robbery, and the sixth had been accused of
handling stolen goods.

Presiding judge Arne Lyng sentenced Petter Tharaldsen to
eight years in prison, Bjoern Hoen to seven years and Petter
Rosenvinge to four years for their part in the robbery.

Two gunmen walked into Oslo's Munch Museum on August 22,
2004 and pulled the two paintings off the walls in front of
dozens of stunned tourists who were forced to lie on the