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Getty Museum Agrees to Return Some Antiquities to Greece


The director of the Getty Museum in Los Angeles says he is recommending that the museum return to Greece several antiquities that country says were illegally taken abroad.

Greece has demanded the return of four items in particular - a gold wreath, a marble statue of a woman dating to the sixth century BC, a tombstone and a sculpted relief.

A joint statement by museum director Michael Brand and Greek Culture Minister George Voulgarakis did not say which items will be returned.

The Getty Museum has been embroiled in several antiquities smuggling scandals. Italian authorities have charged former curator Marion True with receiving stolen goods. Greek authorities also are investigating True. They raided her vacation home in Greece, where they found dozens of antiquities that had not been registered with the Greek government.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.