Monday, 30 January 2012

Germany Returns More(?) Stolen Artefacts to Iraq

Today in a ceremony at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Germany turned over to Iraqi officials45 relics stolen from Iraq's museums and archeological sites in the mayhem that followed the U.S.-led invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein in 2003. There was a gold jar (surely not the Münzhandlung Hirsch Nachfolger one again?) a bronze axe head, clay tablets bearing cuneiform script, a metal amulet and other artifacts "seized by German police at public auctions".
"We are heading in coming months to retrieve Iraqi artifacts from Britain, from the United States of America, and Canada ... we will follow Iraq's antiquities wherever they are," said Abbas al-Quraishi, head of Iraq's artifact retrieval department.
Aseel Kami, 'Sumerian gold jar, other relics returned to Iraq' Reuters Jan 30, 2012
This actually looks like a rehash of a story from last year.

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