Hashim Djojohadikusumo, a businessman and a collector implicated in last year’s theft of antiquities involving the Radya Pustaka Museum in SurakartaÂ expresses his anger and innocence in the scandal.
Collector angry for being named in stolen statue case
The Jakarta Post, 28 November 2008
22 November 2007 (Jakarta Post, BBC) – A museum theft ring was uncovered in Surakarta, in Java, Indonesia, involving several staff members of a museum who have been selling the museum’s collections and replacing them with copies. The stolen artefacts are Hindu-Buddhist statues from Indonesia’s classical period, dating back to the 13th century.
Police break up internal theft racket at museum
Several staff including a curator from Surakarta’s Radya Pustaka Museum have admitted to an internal theft racquet involving up to 13 century-old statues, after police acted on a former-staff member’s report.
Central Java Police said Wednesday they had recovered from a businessman’s home in Jakarta five of historical statues stolen from the museum.
Each statue had been replaced at the museum with fakes.