Cambodia seek access to seized trove of artefacts in Bangkok

Seized trove of artefacts in Bangkok. Source: Bangkok Post 20141217

Cambodian officials are seeking access to a seized trove of artefacts in Bangkok to determine if they were looted from Khmer sites.

Seized trove of artefacts in Bangkok. Source: Bangkok Post 20141217
Seized trove of artefacts in Bangkok. Source: Bangkok Post 20141217

Gov’t seeks access to Thai trove
Phnom Penh Post, 16 December 2014

Cambodia asks to see Pongpat trove
Bangkok Post, 17 December 2014

Cambodian PM asks Thai counterpart to allow experts to inspect seized artifacts
Global Times, via Xinhua, 21 December 2014

Cambodia wants to inspect a stash of antiquities hoarded by a sacked Thai government official linked to a crime syndicate after hearing the treasure trove may include dozens of ancient Khmer sculptures.

The Cambodian Embassy in Bangkok wrote a letter nearly two weeks ago to Thai government officials requesting access to the recently seized artefacts, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Koy Kuong.

The embassy has not yet received a reply.

“The first thing we need to do is see and examine the objects,” Kuong said.

The loot was reportedly recovered as part of an investigation into former Central Investigation Bureau chief Pongpat Chayapan’s alleged extortion racket, Thai military-run media said.

Full story here.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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