sale of the items was stopped after Iranian
cultural officials sued the institution that had
organized the sale.
the relevant documents proving Iranian ownership
of the artifacts have been submitted to a French
court by Iranian officials, and the French police
are conducting an investigation to determine how
the artifacts were transferred to the country. CHN
did not state how many artifacts were involved.
cultural heritage has been the target of smugglers
for centuries. Several other lawsuits have been
filed by Iranian officials in courts in Britain,
Turkey, Belgium, and Pakistan for the return of
smuggled artifacts over the past few years.
recently sent an appeal to a Belgian court asking
for the return of nine boxes of smuggled ancient
artifacts and a 2800-year-old pin stolen from the
exposition “7000 Years of Persian Art”.
April, Iran also filed a legal complaint in a
London court against the owner of an Achaemenid
era bas-relief, demanding its return.
artifact, along with a great collection of other
historical and ancient Iranian relics, was to be
sold at Christie’s at that time, but the
London-based auction house withdrew the Iranian
artifact from the sale pending judicial
March 7, some 118 stolen ancient artifacts which
had been smuggled to Britain from Jiroft were
returned to Iran. The items had been confiscated
by customs officials at London’s Heathrow
Airport last summer.