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Manhattan District Attorney’s Office returning dozens of artifacts to Italy

NEW YORK — Officials are making issues proper within the artwork world. Dozens of artifacts stolen abroad are going again residence.

CBS2’s Jessica Moore has extra on what was taken and the way the items are being returned.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is the final place you’d anticipate to see 58 historic artifacts, however they don’t seem to be simply any artifacts. They had been all stolen from Italy and trafficked into the U.S.

“We are so honored to repatriate these items back to their home country of Italy,” mentioned Lisa DelPizzo, chief of the DA’s Trial Division.

Twenty one of the items had been seized from the Metropolitan Museum of Art final week, in a joint effort by the NYPD and the DA’s office to proper a mistaken.

“The antiquities we returned today were ripped from their country to be smuggled across borders by those seeking profit. Looters stole these treasures from Italy and imported them into the United States” mentioned Michael Alfonso of the Department of Homeland Security.

In a press release, Ken Wine, the Met’s chief communications officer, mentioned, “The Metropolitan Museum of Art has been fully supportive of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office investigation and of the return of these object to Italy, based on information recently made available to the Met.”

One of essentially the most important items being returned is the marble head of Athena, which was looted from a temple in central Italy and finally landed on the Met.

“I thank U.S. authorities for their outstanding cooperation,” mentioned Gen. Roberto Riccardi of Italy’s Command for the Protection of Cultural Heritage.

The artifacts are valued at $19 million, however to Riccardi their value is priceless.

“I have very good feelings about the fact that these objects will go back to the community, to people, to students, to youngsters who will know where we come from, about our history, about our identity,” Riccardi mentioned.

With the signing of an official repatriation doc, the stolen antiquities at the moment are going residence.

Dozens of artifacts stolen at one time from Egypt can be returned Wednesday.

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