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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Javanese Statues Found in Jakarta

Several statues from the 7th to 9th -Century have been returned to the Javanese city of Surakata after being found in the capital of Jakarta. Police arrested three members of the museum staff on charges of theft and selling stolen property.

This, and similar incidents, were brought to light when investigators were tipped-off as to the curator's thefts. They allege that he stole numerous items, some of which have yet to be accounted for. Further, when the state archaeology body investigated these claims, they found that no inventory had been kept for six years -- many more items may be missing.

The museum was founded over 100 years ago and is the oldest in Indonesia.

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