Dutch Court Postpones Verdict on Crimea’s Scythian Gold Dispute

© East News / AP Photo/Peter DejongA Scythian gold helmet
A Scythian gold helmet - Sputnik International
The Amsterdam District Court postponed the verdict on the case of Crimea's Scythian gold artifacts held in the Netherlands until April 8.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Amsterdam District Court postponed the date of the verdict on the case of Crimea's Scythian gold artifacts that are currently held in the Netherlands, the court's representative Fatima El Gueriri told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.

The collection of Scythian art was delivered from five museums, one in Kiev and four in Crimea, to the Netherlands' Allard Pierson Museum to be exhibited in February 2014, when Crimea was still part of Ukraine. Later in 2014, when Crimea reunified with Russia, the museum decided not to return the gold to either Ukraine or Russia and urged an official investigation that would identify the owner.

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"The [court's] decision will not be made today. The judge has set a new date for the verdict, April 8," Gueriri said, adding that the court needs more time to sway the appropriate verdict.

In November, 2014, four Crimean museums filed a lawsuit with Amsterdam's court seeking return of the gold, saying that the contracts guaranteeing its presence in Amsterdam were invalid.

On Monday, a group of the Ukrainian members of parliament introduced a bill to appeal to the Netherlands to return Crimean Scythian gold artifacts to Ukraine.

The arguable Scythian exhibit features over 500 unique historical artifacts, including precious stones, armor, and ancient Greek and Scythian household items.

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