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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Hobby Lobby To Return Illegal Ancient Iranian Artifacts


About 3,800 artifacts that were illegally smuggled to retailer Hobby Lobby Stores Inc will be returned to Iraqi officials in Washington on Wednesday. The artifacts include Sumerian cuneiform tablets dating to 2100 B.C. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said in a statement, Iraqi Ambassador Fareed Yasseen and Deputy Foreign Minister Nazar Al-Khairullah are scheduled to attend Wednesday’s handover. Hobby Lobby is the Oklahoma City-based arts-and-crafts retailer. It agreed in July to surrender the antiquities and pay $3 million to settle civil proceedings brought by the U.S. Justice Department. The artifacts were made in what is now Iraq about 4,000 years ago. federal prosecutors said shipping labels on the packages the artifacts arrived in described them as “tile samples." Prosecutors said the company began assembling a collection of historically significant manuscripts and other antiquities in 2009. https://ift.tt/2joB9pB http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com

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