Image of Pablo Picasso's painting head of a young woman, the canvas for which Jaime Botín has been guilty of smuggling.
Chamber III of the Supreme Court has dismissed the cassation appeals filed by Jaime Botín-Sanz de Sautuola and the Euroshipping Charter Company Ltd. against the judgments of the National Court that confirmed the resolutions of the Ministry of Culture for which the permit was denied export of the Picasso painting
Head of a Young Woman
Those same resolutions expressly declared their unportability as a precautionary measure.
The Culture orders were issued in 2013 and 2012, and the National Court rejected Jaime Botín's appeal against them in 2015. The Supreme Court suspended in January 2017 the processing of appeals now resolved for criminal prejudice, that is, until there was a resolution in the criminal proceedings that were followed by an investigating court in Pozuelo de Alarcón (Madrid) for the alleged crime of smuggling the aforementioned table, and which concluded with a conviction last year.
This sentence meant for Jaime Botín a sentence of three years in prison and a fine of 91.7 million.
The ruling handed down by magistrate Elena Raquel González Bayón, considered it proven that in 2012 Botín wanted to sell his painting through the Christie's auction and that it advised him that to export the painting he had to obtain the approval of the Ministry of Culture, "given its obvious historical and artistic interest and to be older than 100 years ”.
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The resolution issued in criminal proceedings states that, in 2012, the Ministry of Culture had denied the export permit.
The judge added that "despite being fully aware of the administrative prohibition, the defendant transferred the painting to the schooner Adix of his property, docked in Valencia, in order to get it out of Spain."
In July 2015, the French authorities seized him in Corsica.
The Prosecutor's Office had asked for Botín a sentence of four years in prison.
The painting was then valued at more than 25 million euros.