Netherlands: Appeals court postpones verdict on ownership of Crimean gold

The Amsterdam Court of Appeal postponed its verdict on the ownership of gold artefacts from Crimea loaned to the Allard Pierson Museum, in the Dutch capital on Monday. Court Spokesperson Aad van de Beek said that the court «didn't give a final judgement on the case,» noting that it «needs further information from the parties involved.» Van de Beek added that the Allard Pierson Museum which... Еще currently holds the artefacts «is entitled to withhold the goods until there is a final decision in court.» The 565-piece collection was brought to the Dutch capital prior to the peninsula's reunification with Russia. When the four museums which loaned the collection sought the return of the artefacts, the District Court of Amsterdam ruled that the collection is state property and therefore must be returned to Ukraine under UNESCO rules. The Crimean museums filed an appeal against the ruling, which was received by the Amsterdam appeals court on March 28, 2017. The Crimean museums are seeking the return of the items on the grounds that they were unearthed in Crimea and originally stored in their museums. The collection still remains in the repository of the Allard Pearson Museum in Amsterdam.

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