Offer Is Made to Return
March 3 (AP) A lawyer connected with opponents of abortion
said today that one of his clients would arrange the return of
"The Scream," the Edvard Munch painting, in exchange
for $1 million.
A statement on national radio by the lawyer, Tor Erling Staff,
was the second time that Norways small anti-abortion movement
has been linked to the theft of the painting last month.
Mr. Staff said he had faxed the clients demands to Culture
Minister Ase Kleveland on Wednesday.
"The man who contacted me is not the thief, but someone who
has the possibility to produce the painting," he said.
Mr. Staff is a well-known lawyer whose large clientele includes
members of the anti-abortion movement. He filed a court appeal
in an unsuccessful attempt to halt the deportation of 12 American
anti-abortion campaigners on Feb. 11, the day before the painting
was stolen from the National Museum.
On Feb. 17, the Rev. Borre Knudsen, a Lutheran minister, who has
invited the American campaigners to demonstrate at the Winter
Olympic Games, said on radio that the painting would be returned
if national television broadcast "The Silent Scream,"
a film showing a fetus being aborted.
The police have expressed little public interest in the statements
by the minister and Mr. Staff.
Times. Mar 4, 1994. p B2(N), p A12(L), col 4.
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Is Found Undamaged in Norway (May 8, 1994)
'The Scream' Stolen From Exhibit (Feb 13, 1994)