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Ruling on Scythian gold lawsuit to be handed down on December 14 — judge

October 05, 2016, 17:38 UTC+3 AMSTERDAM
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AMSTERDAM, October 5. /TASS/. A decision on the Scythian gold lawsuit will be handed down on December 14, the presiding judge Dudok van Heel announced at the hearing at Amsterdam’s district court on Wednesday.

As she said, the panel of judges "will continue to form an opinion on this case", particularly taking into consideration the arguments formulated at Wednesday’s hearing. "However, in any case, we intend to render a decision before December 14," the judge stressed.

The pieces from the Crimean museums with an insurance value of more than € 1 mln, were presented at the ‘Crimea: Gold and Secrets of the Black Sea’ exhibition hosted by the Allard Pierson Museum, the archaeological museum of the University of Amsterdam, from February to August 2014. Uncertainty arose after Crimea reunited with Russia in early 2014. Moscow and Kiev both laid claims to the precious pieces.

In this regard, the University of Amsterdam suspended the return procedure until the dispute was resolved on legal grounds or the parties came to terms.

Crimea’s representatives have said on various occasions that they have every right to claim the artifacts since they all had been unearthed on Crimean territory and had been kept in Crimea’s museums.

The case was initiated by the Crimean museums that brought a lawsuit against the University of Amsterdam in November 2014 demanding the return of the collection, consisting of around 2,000 items. In April, Amsterdam’s District court granted Ukraine's request to be a party in the lawsuit "since it has claimed the disputed objects.".

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