It was not until after the judgment of the Leeuwarden Court of Appeal had become final that Van L. began asking for a counter-check in the form of a new investigation. The Assen District Court rejected this request as the judgment of the Leeuwarden Court of Appeal had become irrevocable as a result of Van L. not having lodged an appeal:
“The Court of Appeals has ruled in the final judgment that the two paintings referred to are to be regarded as forgeries. Van L. did not lodge an appeal against this judgment, so the judgment is irrevocable.”
When the legal proceedings close the transfer of the paintings can be commenced. As soon as Van L. has met his financial obligations, the paintings, having been evidence, can be returned. The return will occur according to protocol, meaning that – in the presence of independent experts – the forgeries are to be re-identified and examined. After this process, the evidence can be released to Van L.