Last hope for return of looted treasures

16 Mar 2015 7:20 AM | Anonymous

Last hope for return of looted treasures


By Jean Christou

A STORY of theft, intrigue and shady underworld dealings spanning nearly two decades could come to a close for Cyprus tomorrow if a German appeals court rules in favour of returning the last of the island’s treasures found in the possession of Turkish art smuggler Aydin Dikmen in 1997.

While thousands of items still remain lost to Cyprus in the wake of the 1974 invasion, the Dikmen case has by far been the best known. First, he was a central character in the famous battle for the return of the Kanakaria mosaics. Second, Dikmen is widely believed to be the mastermind behind most of the antiquities smuggling out of the north in the years after the invasion.

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