Italy returns large haul of Iran’s stolen artifacts

Iran national museum to hold exhibition of antiques returned from Italy

Sputnik– Iran will hold an exhibition of the artifacts that were recently returned to the country after being smuggled from it almost ten years ago, the director of the National Museum of Iran, Jebrael Nokandeh told Sputnik.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The historical artifacts were delivered to the National Museum of Iran by Italy’s authorities in the beginning of November.

“We plan to transfer next week these 30 artifacts to the Iranian museum of antiques, which will host an exhibition, the visitors will be able to see the whole collection,” Nokandeh said. In 2008, Italy’s national police seized the looted relics. Experts of the Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization have confirmed the antiques’ Persian origin.