Iraq re­cov­ers stolen an­cient Kuwaiti relic

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BAGH­DAD: Iraqi se­cu­rity per­son­nel have seized a unique Kuwaiti an­cient man­u­script that had been stolen dur­ing the 19901991 Iraqi oc­cu­pa­tion of the coun­try. Adel AlHus­seini, the po­lice chief in Ba­bel, told KUNA that an an­tiq­ui­ties trader was nabbed as he tried to sell the piece, worth mil­lions of dol­lars. A freshly-es­tab­lished se­cu­rity team lured the man to a cafe in Hilla, the pro­vin­cial city in Ba­bel, pre­tend­ing to be in­ter­ested buy­ers. When he showed up for the trade, the per­son­nel im­me­di­ately ar­rested him.

Hus­seini ex­plained that the trader, who was a for­mer Iraqi Army sol­dier, had stolen the piece from the Kuwait Mu­seum dur­ing the coun­try’s oc­cu­pa­tion that be­gan in Aug 1990, adding that he in­tended to sell it for $45 mil­lion. The piece is made of deer leather and en­graved with let­ters in an an­cient lan­guage. It could be­long to the era of King Solomon, Hus­seini said. It also bears stamp of the Kuwaiti Mu­seum. The po­lice chief said the Iraqi gov­ern­ment should take a de­ci­sion with re­gards of hand­ing it over to Kuwait, pend­ing com­ple­tion of the in­ves­ti­ga­tions. —KUNA

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