Fri. Nov 15th, 2019

Jaime Botín accused of smuggling a Picasso



The former president of Bankinter Jaime Botín will sit on the bench this Monday for an alleged crime of smuggling under the accusation of taking from Spain, without permission from its authorities, the picture "Head of a young woman" by the painter from Malaga Pablo Picasso, 1906 work valued at 26.2 million euros.

The Prosecutor's Office asks that Botín be sentenced to four years in prison Y fine of one hundred million euros as the author of a crime of smuggling of cultural property, for which he will be tried in the Criminal Court number 27 of Madrid.


The facts

Jaime Botín contacted the company Christies to sell the painting, which requires administrative authorization from the Ministry of Culture, which denied it






According to the indictment, Jaime Botín contacted the Christies company to sell the painting, which requires administrative authorization from the Ministry of Culture, which denied it and notified it on December 27, 2012.

“Despite being aware of the ban, the defendant moved the painting to his yacht when he was docked in the port of Valencia with the purpose of illegally removing him from the country, instructing his captain to hide the presence of the work from the authorities on the ship, ”highlights the Prosecutor’s Office in his indictment.



Despite being aware of the ban, the defendant moved the painting to his yacht when he was docked in the port of Valencia in order to remove it illegally from the country ”



The ship finally docked in July 2015 in the port of Calvi Corsica (France) with the board on board and the accused hired an air transport company a flight to move with him to Geneva (Switzerland).

But, in an inspection, the French customs services located him in the commander's cabin and, in the absence of administrative authorization for his departure from Spain, intervened.

In August 2015, after a judicial request, the authorities of Bastia (France) authorized the delivery of the work to the Civil Guard and it was taken to the Reina Sofía National Museum for judicial disposition.







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