Last November, Rutelli demanded that the Getty return all allegedly looted Italian antiquities [JURIST report] rather than just the 26 pieces the Getty had pledged to return [Getty press release]. The Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities [official website] had threatened to suspend all Italian collaboration with the Getty if an agreement was not reached by August. The Getty has denied knowingly purchasing looted artifacts. Italian authorities have insisted that, pursuant to a 1939 Italian law, all archaeological artifacts excavated in Italy belongs to the Italian state, and that many items recovered in international waters were nevertheless exported illegally from Italy. AP has more
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