Egyptian police suspect museum employee of Van Gogh painting theft
One of the employees from a Cairo museum is behind the theft of Vincent Van Gogh's Poppy Flowers painting in Egypt last month, the country's interior minister said.
The painting, worth about $55 million, was stolen from the private Mohammed Mahmoud Khalil Museum in Cairo on August 21, RIA Novosti reported.
"Various details of the theft prove that one of the museum employees whether took part in the crime or stole the painting on his own," Habib Al-Adli said in an interview with Egypt's MENA news agency.
He added that the search for the painting continues in Egypt as well as abroad with the assistance of Interpol.
Prosecutors in the case said earlier that negligence on the part of museum staff played a role in the theft, noting that only seven of 47 security cameras in the museum were working, the security system was poor and that none of the alarms sounded during the theft.