One of the stolen swords belongs to Simon Bolivar,
the South American revolutionary leader. Stolen swords belonging to the
collection of the mother of the Mohammad-Reza Shah Pahlavi, will return
to Iran from neighboring Arran (Arran) tomorrow.
One of the stolen swords date back to the Qajar era and the other which
is decorated with diamonds and rubies belongs to Simon Bolivar, the
South American revolutionary leader.
The swords were stolen from Mellat palace-museum in the Saadabad Complex
in 1996 and are to be returned to Iran by a high commission from the
The swords were identified in a previous trip to Arran and the documents
proving Iran's ownership were presented to the Arran officials, Director
General of Saadabad Complex, Mohammad Abdol-alipour told CHN, adding
that the legal matters for returning the swords to Iran are now complete
and they will be handed to officials of Mellat Museum in a ceremony
When the swords were stolen from the museum 8 years ago, their
characteristics were given out to the Interpol and with the Iranian
Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization following the matter
seriously, they were finally found two years ago in Baku, capital of the
neighboring Republic of Arran.
According to the latest news, the Iranian and Arrani officials are
discussing the matters to sign a new legal protocol to fight
international trafficking of cultural heritage. Signing such protocols
with countries of the region is Iran's new policy to help prevent the
trafficking of cultural heritage. The first protocol was signed with
Turkey and the one with Arran is the second in such series.
"Our most important aim of signing such protocols is to prevent the
export of trafficked objects to Europe. Previous experiences have shown
that regional cooperation can speed up their return process to the
country," ICHTO legal and international deputy, Taha Hashemi, told