Bloomberg’s Karin Matussek is reporting that the Swiss government has seized some of the paintings that the US department of Justice is seeking in a civil suit:
Swiss authorities seized paintings by Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh as part of a U.S. probe into money- laundering and misappropriation involving the Malaysian development fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd.
The U.S. sent a request on Wednesday to confiscate several artworks and Swiss authorities issued a seizure order the same day. Van Gogh’s painting “La Maison de Vincent à Arles” was seized alongside Monet’s “Saint-Georges Majeur” and “Nympheas avec Reflets de Hautes Herbes,” Ingrid Ryser, a spokeswoman for the Federal Office of Justice, said in an e-mail on Thursday. “The operation is still ongoing,” Ryser said.
Reuters has a similar report:
Swiss authorities said on Thursday that, acting on a U.S. request, they had seized three valuable paintings, by Vincent van Gogh and Claude Monet, connected to the 1MDB inquiry. A Swiss Federal Office of Justice spokeswoman said, “The operation is not over yet so we will not comment at the moment on the location of the paintings.”