Us Returns Billionaire’s Plundered Artifacts To Jordan

Stolen antiquities are displayed at a news conference at the offices of the Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg in New York, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022. Dozens of looted antiquities seized from collector and billionaire hedge fund founder Michael Steinhardt after a years-long investigation have been returned to the people of Greece, prosecutors in New York. (AP Photo/David R. Martin)

Manhattan District’s Attorney’s office has seized 180 artifacts from a U.S. billionaire, Michael Steinhardt. Steinhartd agreed to surrender the trafficked items in lieu of prosecution after a four-year investigation.

Nine of the items have been returned to Jordan. According to AP, “The Jordanian Antiquities Ministry and the U.S. Embassy in Jordan held a ceremony in Jordan’s capital, Amman, on Tuesday showcasing the objects that were “illegally smuggled from Jordan and obtained by an antiquities collector in the United States,” the embassy said in a statement.”

“This is a testament to the United States’ commitment to help protect Jordan’s cultural heritage. With today’s repatriation of Jordanian antiquities, we are keeping this promise,” Ambassador Henry T. Wooster said.

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