Thursday, July 27, 2006

Antiquities Market update II Dutch authorities return looted clay tablets
The Dutch police have returned three clay tablets, believed to have been looted from the Iraqi National Museum in 2003, to the Iraqi embassy in The Hague, ambassador Siamand Banaa said on Wednesday.

"Symbolically this is very important to us, this is the first time a police force has handed back looted items to the Iraqi authorities .... finding looted art is not a priority for most police forces," the ambassador said.