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off along the border with what. locked away secrets and shady financial set ups are nightmares for french tax inspectors and customs officers. we question the customs investigator a specialist in fraud and the trafficking of cultural assets. faced with such scams he recognizes his powerlessness. on credits for city costs a skeleton office and more only a sinner why your god let me off. on the export behold. well fed up on the show. it's only a guess it's a shit to each him and think of it on the contrary i don't. despise. could have been if he did have a blanket god he's also
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a device he's got his powerball fineness up and. we meet up again with even with all of his indictments he's earned a shady reputation but after thirty years in the business he's as tough as nails every year in may he heads to basel in switzerland for the biggest art fair in the world art basel. he flies in a private jet for which he pays fifty thousand dollars a year. despite his tangles with the law he wants to be in the right places how does he fall something that will want to go out to a bunch of sick people. say that money is the strike and we had people see it up because all the doing nothing else of what. took. place in tucson city let's. make enough money i'll let you go but check off a couple to search the city but they couldn't get me. he said it's at the p.t.a.
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meeting. i said. but they said it went up about obama's because the finale. played about it was. something. help us to skip somebody from a calculus but you know what's that been like for that to see again. i didn't pick up on these. and he had barely off his private jet we soon see that his controversial reputation causes fewer problems than predicted. if you. missed. all that to. see his first appointment is with one of the art fairs founders rudolph. if both men have businesses in singapore and are good friends with you to film.
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what you do more to. make you should take the older predefined one off also get is the should be of news i just. want one of them. to put the dummy. militia pushes on the top part and is that yes they did this to me by mentioning yet but some possibility. that it. will set up a so they can see some of the. four thousand artists exhibit their works at art basel it attracts the general public but more importantly the biggest players on the international art market. thank you gallery owners collectors and curators of the world's museums.
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accompanied by his art consultant sixteen yves bouvier is here to check out the new trends. most of the works on show come from the store rooms of the geneva freeport some two hundred fifty kilometers away. is here to show his fellow professionals that he's still in the game and is still to be taken seriously. to build up all the automation on a say probably factors of good will by last week and most of. us oh ya feel me oh yes how are you doing. very. last question.
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so that was. the man on his cell phone is david no mud. clearly troubled by our camera hebrew v.a. quickly calls his assistant to go reassure him. jews. are you that you. need. to treat just like it most of them just to please them it's the bosses. but he has no rights regarding our footage of. the. site that the likes of. david no mudd isn't just anyone he's the man with three hundred picasso's the head of one of the most powerful families in the art world the numb ods renowned dealers. here's their stand at art basel by calder mirror those fun tanos because those.
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and also a roy lichtenstein and initial interview say all of them stars of modern art. in the mud collection is valued at almost three billion dollars thousands of works most of which are stored at the geneva freeport. maybe the reason david no mud prefers to be discreet is because one of the paintings he owns is causing him problems with the law. the story started here in the paris archives in two thousand and eleven with this man james palmer. even as a canadian private detective who specializes in finding art looted from jews by the nazis. one day while rummaging in the paris archives he came across a file on a certain stetson or
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a jewish antiques dealer the man was dispossessed of all his assets during world war two. after the liberation of paris he found a plane to recuperate his patrimony. the documentation is contained in this box it was here and they paris archives that we found a document that referred to the quest of mr oscar stener for his stolen paint. the information that we found was that oscar stettner had been despoiled of a number of personal items carpet for example of portrait of him as a young man and also a painting by mostly any. and an important painting and that was looted from mr stener during the war. the canadian detective began his investigation he
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discovered that the antiques dealer staton or had made his claim for restitution in one thousand nine hundred six but well before the liberation the painting had already been sold by the authorities. for the sum of sixteen thousand francs since then it disappeared. particularly because its description is so vague. the document only indicated that it was a painting signed by do jani portrait of a man. the detective had no idea what the painting looked like. he had to find a photo of it at all costs. by consulting peepers kept in the paris archives james palmer came across a clue this telegram. it states that staten or had sent the mode yani to the venice biennale of one nine hundred thirty. i travelled to venice personally and went into the archives there and to the venice be anally archives i
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saw mr stettner spray painting. in a photograph. james palmer was delighted he'd found it. this photo taken at the one nine hundred thirty venice biennale shows twelve paintings on the wall of the room dedicated to. ten portraits of women and two of men. the one on the right was already identified and well known. the painting in the middle however the one of a seated man is more mysterious. so now you've got reference to mr stener owning the painting you've got reference to portrait of a man. and you have a photograph that's the exact same painting that is now illustrated or described as the seated man. finally james palmer knew what the painting looked like.
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but where had it gone he searched everywhere activated his contacts toured the auction rooms archives and museums. and after a few weeks ago. he found a trace of the painting here in london in the catalogue an auction held at christie's in one thousand nine hundred six. the painting was entitled seated man with a cane. but who owned it. it was acquired by a shell company based in panama international arts center whose registration document is seen here. its rightful owner is a name. and yet palmer refused to give up and finally discovered another lead to finding the true owners. over the years the work appeared in a number of catalogs. and every time alongside the name of one of the most
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prestigious galleries in the world the helena mod gallery in new york run by the daughter of the family patriarch we ran into at art basle. james palmer decided to write tour. for a world cup twenty eight team coverage we've signed one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time but there was one more question and by the way was going to be our coach. guys i know you are nervous he was a huge star among us and the huge amount of pressure you have to go i mean eight percent of the beach hotel we're with you and we will show you a great game the great game you are the rock at the back nobody gets past you we need you to get the ball going let's go. a low. and i'm really happy for joined out to for the two thousand and three and
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world cup in russia meet the special one it was also appreciated me to just say the rino p.r.t. teams latest edition make up as we go so i need to just say look. there were not lines up. somehow flintoff let down one man of the definitions you know i need. one seeking i need. to. take in the. south just. done it and then you're going to bring up not only is that kind. of agenda you know let me. say that. in this debt ceiling if one means i love this they. may learn from. them tokyo find it is
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going to keep going didn't. like. this one was because did it because it didn't seem quite a cultural pretty high from the premise. of. the far right. isn't just on the march it's taking violent mother's action might need a bit of it. i see these organizations which will usually split into which we feel which takes different names how do you view that. complex web of british fashion.
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well the lawyers for our client contacted. the hellyeah mag gallery and helping them out of new york. and they were ignored. which is not right it's not proper so i think after about a month or so they wrote him again and again they were ignored and eventually there was a response and the response was essentially you are suing the wrong people you should
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be suing the international art center and we have nothing to do with that. james palmer was not taken in by her response. he filed a lawsuit against the health gallery in new york. but once again the lawyers denied the family were the owners of the painting. here is their statement to the court in new york. international art center and nobody else not the head gallery nor david not maad that bought the painting at an auction held at christie's. saying stopped dead there until two thousand and fifteen and the leaking of the panama papers extraordinary. a document published by the journalists revealed that behind the panamanian company international art center was the renowned art dealer david.
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so he was a shareholder of the company that owns the mud painting despite his constant denials. the detective had scored a point. now he just had to find out where he's seated man was in storage. he had a bright idea maybe it was in the geneva freeport where the number of family kept the major part of its collection. this was judiciary issued a search warrant for the storerooms in april two thousand and sixteen and discovered the holy grail the much sought after painting. it's hard to say if it was hidden or not but it was kept very discreetly in the freeport where there are no mad family are estimated to have a vote three to four billion dollars worth of art or about four and a half thousand works of art in their little room in
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a freeport. painting claimed to have been looted was well and truly in the storeroom in the freeport a revelation that caused an uproar. the heirs of the antique dealer stettner have now filed a claim for the restitution of the painting we contacted the no months after several attempts they finally agreed to open up their store room at the geneva freeport and to show us the painting in an exhibition room. we would never meet the art dealers themselves but they did accord us an exclusive uing of the painting a very solemn moment. the work was handled with great precaution it is estimated at about twenty million dollars today. the families with smaller would tell us their version of the story. is about their money.
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make a set that i laugh i mean i'm at the end on a. fact. international. torn is a on the economy going to action ask me that mad. to clear his client's even further lawyer even raises doubts that the painting ever belonged to the jewish antiques dealer staton or. mr states and yet they. don't seem to be. any perceived. of unease. for lee is extinct. what. the. in physically explicit.
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let us down and said. we had only a few minutes to film the painting. but as the handlers turn the work around we happened to film something on the back that we only noticed later this label from the one nine hundred thirty venice biennale. the owner's name had been crudely erased. and it looks like that of staten or. a clue to which the detective never had access and which could be crucial for the next stage of his investigation. the canadian detective is convinced the geneva freeport could be housing other works of dubious origin. well i think there's a high probability that many other paintings in the freeport were probably looted
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and probably rest there today that have not seen the light of day for many decades and i believe they are there and i think that it would be very interesting if the public were made aware. or at least the art industry were made aware of what those paintings are. so that you know if the prosecutor's offices were sort of for example were to provide us with information on all those paintings we could pretty quickly tell them which ones are store pretty quickly. for the swiss art dealers lawyer there's no point in dreaming no one will know for years what's really stored in the freeport. shuttles i'm not happy. i mean. our french customs investigator is
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of the same opinion even if he is on the other side of the fence. people following of them also region if. your company at all didn't fall says we should. be a softer you befall he said. doing is aside the so. awful i can. reproduce. he said give us the whole supper related all the actual southend diskettes because of the discussion. in geneva the mood yani case hit the headlines. the freeport authorities quickly became concerned about bad publicity. so in june two thousand and sixteen they called an emergency press conference. all representatives of the main swiss media as were
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invited. to the. family got started. on the floor where the president of the geneva freeport and his general secretary. both men seemed self-conscious rejecting all responsibility regard. the supposed owner of the painting david no money. made he said if you easily make more exact. a little. more than his shows it doesn't of you get to there's a little blue book or a little bit over it or this love for you didn't see this guy who has a legal duty yes is. also got all slew of also where that these values are not there is they were that all. of us also.
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read up with it is this is us at risk or. if it's the most yahoo. they all took was a also the more the this is the more as far as your soldiers go the distance or to destroy. but what other secrets are really hidden in the report. in switzerland some official authorities have become extremely concerned we managed to obtain this report from the swiss federal audit office it unequivocally denounces the opaqueness of the geneva freeport. irregularities regarding inventories and absence of traceability of merchandise. errors in stock accountancy and recurrent problems which occur during controls. our french customs officer includes laxity on the part of the swiss administrators that oversee business conducted in the freeport. zero point six one says.
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it is a nice house from previously ordered seymour talking all. of us from our lost out on to the knesset. just a kiss risky saw the guns are in your memory called. lonely but you don't remember . need mom wash your skin saucy don't see but don't let me complete paul it does trees leboeuf why. they don't play for money to. make. in response to widespread criticism the recently appointed president of the geneva freeport a magistrate known for his integrity is supposedly fighting the good fight for much
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stricter regulations. for the. new scams with the young. boy going to meet. these two. men feel more. cautious and. this man is aware that there is still a long way to go. but having agreed to make concessions on its banking secrecy will switzerland also finally agree to open the doors of the world's biggest safe.
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this is. the church secret indeed just like priests accused of sexually abusing children can get away with it quite literally i like to call this the do a graphic solution so what the bishop needs to do then he finds out that the priest is is a perpetrator is simply moves him to a different spot were the previous standards not known the highest ranks of the catholic church conceal the accused priests from the police and justice so i sent it out and i know that's not what i asked the eye and then i included tuesdays out in the. case files to.
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this baby and. say this is on march eighteenth and vote with your remote joe's atif a special coverage of the russian presidential election exit polls opinions real time results monitoring and much more. about your sudden passing i've only just learned you were a south in taking your last abang term. here at us we all knew it would i tell you i'm sorry. so i write these last words and helps to put to rest these things that i never got off my chest. i remember when we first met my life turned on each bet. but then my feeling started to change you talked about war like it was again still some more fun to feel those that didn't like to question our archives and i secretly promised to never again like it said one does not leave a funeral in the same as. one enters the mind it's consumed with this one to.
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speech he was standing over there tinkers. claim that mainstream media has met its maker. you need the good and the bad you need capitalism to work both winners and losers you can't bail out every single bank that gets into trouble you can bail out of. the nice free money you got to let the system weed out the losers otherwise you end up with you know a state controlled state maintained price fixing regime by the state that resembles all failed such experiments in the past why not just let the free market be the free market. the most expensive fish in the world each one selling for tens of thousands of euros it continues to grow its entire life if it was thirty years old you might have a two ton fish out there and yet they don't get that big today because we're way
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too good at catching. it's only remnants of a much larger mission was once there was much more widely distributed we have politicians that are in office for a few years they have to get reelected everything is very very short term our system is not suited and is not cleared for long term survival and that's why we have the catastrophes. you. lose.
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russia's defense ministry says it believes that extremist groups in syria are planning to stage false flag chemical attacks to give the u.s. a pretext for directly striking the government. but news comes as the rebel control of syria's eastern crumbles over forty eight thousand civilians flee the stricken region through humanitarian corridors. also in today's headlines twenty three british diplomats mirroring the steps taken by the u.k. as a response to the kremlin's alleged poisoning of a former spy and his daughter.


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