Italy returns to Iran 41 objects found in an antiques market

Italy on Tuesday agreed to return 41 artifacts to Iran that were discovered at an ethnic antiques market near Milan two years ago, officials said. The 41 objects, which include coins and decorated cups and bowls from the 13th and 14th centuries, were among 309 items seized at the market in May 2005. "The goods was described as 'ethnic goods' coming from Thailand," said Gen. Giovanni Nistri, who heads the art squad of the Carabinieri paramilitary police. Already, several pieces from the stash have been returned to Pakistan, he said.