Family of late U.S. billionaire agrees to return looted Cambodian artefacts

The family of late American pipeline billionaire George Lindemann has agreed to return 33 looted artefacts to Cambodia, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, a decision described as “momentous” by the Southeast Asian country.


The collection includes statues of deities, angels and demons from the 10th and 12th centuries from Koh Ker, the ancient capital of the Khmer kingdom, and from the famous Angkor Wat temple, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York said on Tuesday.

In a statement it said the family’s decision to return the artefacts was voluntary. Lawyers for the Lindemann family did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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