plans to dispatch a team of experts to Briton to check the
authenticity of some alleged Jiroft artifacts detected in
London’s Heathrow airport as as an Arab of Kuwaiti national
was smuggling them.
Some 3 weeks ago, British officers found these 5,000-year-old
artifacts as they were screening the passenger, and they guessed
they might be smuggled during the public plunder of the Jiroft
civilization site 3 years ago.
“Right now the legal bureau of Iranian Cultural Heritage
Organization (CHO) and diplomats are studying the seized items
and Tehran is making its case to get them back. A team of
experts, thus, would be soon given the mission to travel to
Britain,” said Yunis Samadi, legal and property deputy of CHO.
He suggested Iran could invoke such international laws as 1970
convention on extraditing historical relics to return Jiroft
artifacts, now in the custody of Heathrow’s customs.
Although the makeup of the team is yet to be decided, Mohammad
Beheshti, president of Iranian Cultural Heritage and Tourism
research center has recommended Dr. Yussef Madjidzadeh, head of
excavation team in Jiroft to lead the delegation.