Spain to return stolen artwork to Ecuador

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FORMER Spanish ambassador will return the 74 colonial and 49 pre-Columbian pieces of artwork to Ecuador Wednesday October 28.

The 74 pieces that legally came into the Spanish ambassador´s possession at the time are being restored at the Museo de América after 22 years. Madrid police found the 49 pre-Columbian pieces 12 years later during a money laundering and drug trafficking raid.

Currently the artwork is being kept at the Museo de América on condition that they are returned when asked for.

Madrid´s central court ruled in favour of both colonial and pre-Columbian pieces being sent back.

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