Stolen brooch from Lydian hoard found in Germany
|The stolen winged seahorse found in Germany [Credit: AA/Hurriyet]|
“A very important theft happened in 2005 in the Uşak Archaeology Museum. The director of the museum, who led the way in this theft and replaced the brooch with a fake one, was punished with over 10 years. The golden winged seahorse, worth millions of dollars, has been found in Germany. Negotiations were held between Turkish and German officials. Now we are following the official process. I estimate that Turkish museums will reunite with the seahorse within a very short time,” Günay said.
After the theft, the Uşak Prosecutor’s Office charged 10 people, including the Uşak Museum director, Kazım Akbıyıklıoğlu, with embezzlement and artifact smuggling. According to reports, Akbıyıklıoğlu had 259 telephone conversations with the suspects taken into custody for the theft. The indictment said he had reached an agreement with the other suspects to sell the brooch. The fake version was cast at an unknown location, and the director replaced the original with it.
Source: Hurriyet Daily News [November 22, 2012]
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