James ossuary collector sentenced to month in jail

31 May 2012 12:40 PM | Anonymous
James ossuary collector sentenced to month in jail
By MATTHEW KALMAN
31/05/2012
Tel Aviv antiquities collector fined NIS 30,000 for three minor charges of illegal trading in antiquities and handling goods suspected of being stolen.
 

The Tel Aviv antiquities collector acquitted in March after a seven-year trial for allegedly faking the burial box of Jesus’s brother, an inscribed tablet that may have adorned the First Temple, and dozens of other valuable antiquities was sentenced on Wednesday to a month in jail and fined NIS 30,000 for three minor charges of illegal trading in antiquities and handling goods suspected of being stolen.

Judge Aharon Farkash, vice president of the Jerusalem District Court, ruled that Oded Golan will not have to serve a custodial sentence because he was held by police for more than a month after his arrest in 2003.

Farkash, who had earlier threatened to order the destruction of the burial box, or ossuary, inscribed “James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus,” a black stone tablet supposedly recording repairs to the Temple by King Jehoash in 800 BCE and other items seized from Golan, delayed a decision on the final ownership of the items, which could be worth millions of dollars

 

http://www.jpost.com/NationalNews/Article.aspx?id=272106

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