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Korean Diplomat Arrested with a Stolen Stone Relief from Persepolis
while Leaving Iran
(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
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
From/Source (Modified and corrected by CAIS): Iran
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