Art dealer in New York fights extradition to Poland to face looted art charges

AP 18 May 2015

NEW YORK — A Russian art dealer living in New York is fighting extradition to Poland to face charges he's in possession of a painting looted by the Nazis.

Lawyers for Alexander Khochinskiy were in court Monday to ask a federal judge to dismiss an extradition complaint. The judge says he wants to hear more arguments before ruling and set another hearing for June 17.

Khochinskiy was arrested at his Manhattan apartment in February at the request of Polish authorities. They say he has refused to turn over "Girl with a Dove," a 1754 oil painting by Antoine Pesne that was stolen from a Polish museum during World War II.

The 64-year-old Khochinskiy insists his father came home from the war with the painting. He says he inherited it when his father died and he's the rightful owner.
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