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Stolen Tapestry Returned to Spain

Thursday, April 18, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C.—A tapestry stolen in the 1970s from a cathedral in northeastern Spain has been returned by agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The agents seized the tapestry, which first surfaces in Brussels in 2008, from an identified Texas business that had purchased it. “Today’s repatriation is an example of what can be accomplished when law enforcement partners from around the world work together in the effort to ensure that stolen and looted priceless cultural objects like this are returned to their rightful owner,” said John Morton, director of the ICE.