Duo in Cambodia charged for artefact smuggling

The Phnom Penh Post has a short blurb about two men who were apprehended while trying to cross the border from Cambodia to Thailand. They were trying to cross with statues of a Vishnu and Lokesvara which was supposedly bought from a store in Siem Reap Province.

Charges for two men for artefact smuggling
Phnom Penh Post, 18 November 2010

Two men in Banteay Meanchey province have been charged with smuggling ancient artefacts after attempting to cross into Thailand with statues of the Hindu deity Vishnu and the Buddhist bodhisattva Lokesvara. Banteay Meanchey provincial police chief Hun Hean said the men were charged yesterday after being arrested on Tuesday evening in Banteay Meanchey’s Thma Puok district.

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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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