ICE returns recovered, ‘most wanted’ stolen antiquities to India

14 Jan 2014 11:36 AM | Anonymous

ICE returns recovered, ‘most wanted’ stolen antiquities to India

NEW YORK undefined U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) returned three recovered sculptures, valued at more than $1.5 million, to the government of India Tuesday during a repatriation ceremony at the consulate in New York City. One of the objects – a 350-pound sandstone sculpture stolen from an Indian temple in 2009 – was listed as one of INTERPOL’s top 10 most wanted stolen works of art.

HSI Executive Associate Director James A. Dinkins presented the artifacts to Consul General of India Dnyaneshwar M. Mulay, alongside INTERPOL Washington Director Shawn Bray.

“The excellent international cooperation between the United States and India led to the recovery and return of these priceless antiquities,” said Dinkins. “The pilfering of a nation’s cultural patrimony cannot and will not be tolerated.”

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