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Thefts of Ancient Artefacts From Iranian Museum Alarming


03 March 2006




LONDON, (CAIS) -- Public concerns about a series of theft from Ancient Iran Museum (Irân Bâstân) has increased, said the Persian language daily Hamshahri in an article critical of museum’s administration for its failure to protect the relics.

Ancient Iran Museum was built by the renowned French architect professor Andre Goudar between 1935 and 1937. The surprising thing is that the architect had envisaged development plan for the Museum and had specified that the museum could only be used for 10 years after which it should be expanded.

“Sometime ago, reports of theft from Ancient Iran Museum were carried by the newspapers. All those reading the report thought that there should be an organized crime ring with the help of some employees behind the thefts and the process of tracking down the thieves would be very complicated.

Police inquiry into the theft led to an astonishing fact that the clerk hired to clear the museum every day, used to take artifacts from the counters of the museum,“ the daily said.

“Now, the question is that if IAncient Iran Museum was a private shop belonging to the father of IAncient Iran Museum's curator, would he have exercised the same negligence to save his own father’s shop from theft? Of course, not,“ argued the daily.

It criticized the officials in charge of museums for failing to protect national heritage and said that they have committed negligence and should be held accountable.

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