Babylonian artifacts in German auction house

Published on 31 July 2007

Author(s): DailyMotion|Deutsche Welle-Martin beutler

Type:  video 5.22 Min

Michael Muller-Karpe fights the German customs who refuse to return a very ancient artefact to Iraq which they confiscated earlier at an auction house

Illegal trade in cultural treasures from ancient Babylon is on the increase in Germany.Itís a million-dollar business,and customs and investigators are powerless to control it. The millennia-old Iraqi artifacts have usually been looted by Iraqis but US soldiers have also stolen from the war-torn country.

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