Spain Returning over 100 Pieces of Stolen Art to Ecuador

28 Oct 2015 1:07 PM | Anonymous

Spain Returning over 100 Pieces of Stolen Art to Ecuador

Published 27 October 2015 (15 hours 42 minutes ago)

Spain’s former ambassador to Quito took dozens of colonial works from Quito, while dozens more pre-colonial pieces were in the hands of drug traffickers

Spain will return 74 colonial and 49 pre-Columbian works of art to Ecuador on Wednesday, 22 years after the former were handed to a museum for restoration and 12 years after Madrid police found the latter during a raid undertaken as part of a money laundering and drug trafficking case.

The Museo de America took custody of the artworks from a former Ecuadorian ambassador and Interpol, respectively. Almost a decade after the police seized hundreds of archaeological pieces, Spain notified its embassy in Colombia that they originated in several northern South American countries.

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