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Egypt's top prosecutor is detaining its of Deputy Minister of Culture Mohsen Shalaan for four days along with four other security guards in suspicion of their involvement in the theft of a Van Gogh painting.
Thieves made off with the canvas, "Poppy Flowers" from the Mahmoud Khalil Museum on Saturday. Egypt's top prosecutor says they're being detained for neglecting their professional duties.
The prosecutor, implicates Deputy Minister of Culture in the theft, because he has "a permanent office inside the museum and enjoys the minister's authority in handling all financial and administrative affairs of the museum."
The van Gogh painting is worth an estimated 50 million US dollars and is the second time it's been stolen from the museum.
- Van Gogh painting missing in Egypt 2010-08-23