Will the US repatriate Iran’s Achaemenid inscriptions?

Will the US repatriate Iran’s Achaemenid inscriptions?
ID : N-547 Date : 2017/10/30 - 12:31

(Persia Digest) - The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit website has posted that the jurisdiction on the Achaemenid inscriptions due to take place end-October has been postponed to 4 December.

Director General of the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization of Iran, Ebrahim Shaghaghi, commented: “The US Supreme Court has not yet pronounced its jurisdiction on the case. We have done everything in our power and presented excellent evidence to the tribunal. We are hoping for a vote in our favor.”

He went on to add: “In all the preliminary and review stages, the decisions were in favor of Iran and it had been decided that the inscriptions must be returned home. But, the other party appealed and the case must be reviewed for jurisdiction.”

As reported by Persia Digest, the priceless Achaemenid relics comprising over 30 thousand inscriptions were sent to Chicago University in 1935 approved by the government of the time in Iran. A three-year period was set for studies to be carried out on these prior to being returneded to Iran.

Chicago University initially refused to return the borrowed relics, until part of these were finally given back in 1948. Parts of the rest were also returned in three stages in 1971, 2004, and 2015. But part of these still remain at the University.

In the meantime, a number of individuals from the Jewish faith, on the pretext of Iran's association with the Jerusalem terrorist blast in 1997, demanded the seizure of the tablets and compensation through their sale.

But, in several court sessions Iran proved that the tablets had no commercial value and could not be confiscated due to their cultural and historic aspects which was supposed to be studied.

The court will issue its verdict on the case on 4 December 2017.

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