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Australia to hand back ancient statues to India

Updated: 2014-03-28 06:57
By Agencies in Sydney ( China Daily)

Delhi asks for works' return after gallery suspects art dealer of fraud

Australia is preparing to return two centuries-old statues of the Hindu god Shiva to India, officials said on Thursday, following allegations they were stolen from ancient sites and sold as part of an audacious art fraud.

In an e-mail to Reuters, the Indian Attorney General's Department said the Indian government asked the Australian government for the return of both statues, saying they were "exported from India in contravention of cultural property laws".

Australia to hand back ancient statues to India

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