Ancient sarcophagus to be returned to Turkey nearly 60 years after it was stolen

Ancient sarcophagus to be returned to Turkey nearly 60 years after it was stolen25/03/2017 (Sabah – Turkey): An ancient sarcophagus smuggled out of Turkey in the 1960s could soon be on its way home after a decision from Swiss prosecutors on Friday. Speaking at a press conference in the capital Ankara, Turkish Tourism Minister Nabi Avcı said final legal objections to the ancient artefact’s repatriation had been overcome. The sarcophagus, which depicts the Twelve Labors of Hercules and was smuggled out of southern Turkey’s ancient Anatolian city of Perge in the 1960s, is expected to be back in the country shortly. The item had been confiscated by Swiss authorities in 2010. However, Geneva prosecutors decided on Friday the sarcophagus should be returned. Speaking at a news conference, Avcı said a comprehensive joint study had been carried out by legal experts in Switzerland and Turkey over the issue…

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/03/24/ancient-sarcophagus-to-be-returned-to-turkey-nearly-60-years-after-it-was-stolen

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