Former Marcos aide charged with secretly keeping Monet painting

Handout of Claude Monet's "L'Eglise a Vetheuil" 1881NEW YORK (Reuters) – The former secretary to Imelda Marcos was indicted Tuesday in New York on charges of conspiring to sell artwork that the former Philippine first lady acquired during her husband's presidency, including a Claude Monet water-lily painting. The paintings, which the Philippine government claims it owns, disappeared around the time Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos was forced from power a quarter century ago. The ex-aide, Vilma Bautista, 74, a New York resident, was charged on Tuesday with conspiracy and other crimes. …

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