After Supreme Court ruling, collector Oded Golan poised to reclaim Jehoash Tablet

18 Oct 2013 12:43 PM | Anonymous
After Supreme Court ruling, collector Oded Golan poised to reclaim Jehoash Tablet
Golan to reclaim tablet and the more-famous item, the James ossuary, along with dozens of pieces confiscated by Antiquities Authority.

The Antiquities Authority has failed in its last-gasp attempt to confiscate the controversial Jehoash Tablet from Israeli collector Oded Golan.

In a verdict handed down on Wednesday, the three-judge appeal panel of Supreme Court justices decided by 2-1 that the inscribed tablet must be returned to Golan, who was acquitted last year of forging after a 10-year prosecution and trial.

The Supreme Court ruling caps a crushing defeat for the Antiquities Authority following the sweeping 2012 acquittal of Golan and dealer Robert Deutsch on multiple charges of archeological forgery. Israeli prosecutors advised by the authority had argued that although they continue to believe the inscription is a modern forgery, the reverse of the stone had been “dressed” in ancient times and was therefore classified as an antiquity that should belong to the state. But the court rejected those arguments by a majority decision.

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