Cambodia says 45 items in Met likely stolen from ancient sites

Cambodian officials are calling on the Metropolitan Museum of Art to explain how it came to acquire dozens of Khmer Empire antiquities that they believe were looted from the country during war, citing new evidence.

As The New York Times reported on Monday, Cambodian officials are citing a former temple looter who has apparently admitted to taking numerous Khmer shrines from the 1970’s to the 1990’s.

The man referred to only as “Lion” has escorted Cambodian officials to remote sites where he and his gang reportedly stole artifacts that were later sold to brokers in Thailand.

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