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South Korean Diplomat Arrested with a Stolen Stone Relief from Persepolis while Leaving Iran


04 March 2009



LONDON, (CAIS) -- The 3rd Secretary of the South Korean Embassy in Iran has reportedly tried to smuggle a priceless relic dating to the Achaemenid dynastic era out of Iran.

Customs officials in Shiraz Airport found the relic in the South Korean diplomat's luggage during check-in, before the diplomat succeeded in transporting the priceless relic of Persepolis, Persian daily Tabnak reported on Tuesday.

Iranian Police, however, had to release the diplomat due to his diplomatic immunity, the report added.

“Customs officials in Shiraz Airport found an Achaemenid bas-relief depicting the top section of head of an Achaemenid soldier, weigh 2kg from Persepolis in the luggage of the 3rd Secretary of the South Korean Embassy in Iran,” Shiraz public and revolutionary prosecutor, Jaber Banshi told IRNA.

“The relic has been delivered to the provincial cultural heritage office, but no cultural official has filed a complaint so far,” he added.

The S. Korean embassy declined to comment on the issue when contacted by Press TV.

The customs officials sent the stolen piece back to the ruins of Persepolis.


It is not clear how the diplomat obtained the relic, despite the claim by IRNA that the he picked it up while visiting the Persepolis.






Extracted From/Source (Modified and corrected by CAIS): Iran Press TV [*]




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