3 looted, ancient statues repatriated to Cambodia

05 Jun 2014 7:36 AM | Anonymous

3 looted, ancient statues repatriated to Cambodia

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia undefined Three ancient sandstone sculptures were repatriated Tuesday to the Royal Government of Cambodia at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh. U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Jeff Daigle participated in the ceremony with Kingdom of Cambodia Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Sok An. They welcomed the return of 10th-century Duryodhana, Bhima and Balarama statues. The repatriation followed an investigation led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New York and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York.

The three pre-Angkorian sandstones statues were believed to be looted from Prasat Chen at the Koh Ker temple complex during the Khmer Rouge era and trafficked on the international art market. When the Duryodhana was offered for sale by an auction house in 2010, the Royal Government of Cambodia requested assistance from the U.S. government in recovering the statue.


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