Police are charging him with stealing art objects worth more than 30 million HUF (EUR 89,000).
According to Napi, the court already sentenced the 64-year-old former museologist to two years in prison, suspended for four years. Furthermore, he was ordered to pay 250 thousand HUF (EUR 750) of fine.
Based on the charges, the defendant stole 20 statuettes, 73 engravings, and 56 paintings between the fall of 2016 and October 2017 from the store of the Hungarian National Museum. Most of the art objects are from the 20th century, but there were pieces made by known and unknown artists from the 18th and 19th centuries. The defendant placed the stolen stuff in a curiosity shop in District 7 and
sold some of them for 3.1 million HUF (EUR 8,900)
while the total sum of the art objects he stole from the museum was worth 30 million HUF (EUR 89 thousand). Police found all of them during a house search and gave them back to the museum.
The court held the preparatory session of the case this Tuesday, and since the defendant acknowledged the charges of the prosecutor, the jury could adjudicate right then. The 64-year-old museologist was sentenced to 2 years in prison, suspended for 4 years, fined for 250 thousand forints, and ordered to give up 2.5 million HUF.
The sentence was accepted by both the defendant and his lawyer,
but the prosecutor now has three workdays for legal remedy.