HSI returns 9 ancient artifacts to South Korea

28 Apr 2014 1:18 PM | Anonymous

HSI returns 9 ancient artifacts to South Korea


WASHINGTON – More than six decades after being removed during the Korean War, nine royal seals of the Korean Empire and Joseon Dynasty were repatriated Friday to Seoul, South Korea, by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), coinciding with U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to that nation.

HSI San Diego special agents seized the cultural artifacts in November 2013 as part of a joint investigation with HSI Attaché Seoul. The South Korean Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA) and the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office (SPO) assisted with the investigation.

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