The New York Supreme Court has allowed lawyers of human rights victims to go forward with their claims to some 200 paintings allegedly stashed away by former first lady Imelda Marcos.
In its April 7 decision, the court said the trust claim should not be dismissed since there are sufficient allegations satisfying fraud conversion and unjust enrichment claims against the respondents.
"Since there are sufficient allegations satisfying fraud, conversion, aiding and abetting conversion, aiding and abetting conversion and unjust enrichment claims against (Bautista and other respondents), the constructive trust claim should not be dismissed until further discovery is completed," the court said.
The decision comes after Imelda Marcos' former secretary, Vilma Bautista, was sentenced over an attempt to sell several of the paintings for USD 32 million.
One of the masterpieces is part of Claude Monet's "Water Lilies" series.
Proceeds of the sale are being claimed by American lawyer Robert Swift, who is representing victims of human rights violations during Martial Law.
Swift has also asked the court to look for the rest of the missing paintings.
Among them, three by Pablo Picasso and another by Vincent Van Gogh. - ANC, The World Tonight