Court Postpones Judgement in Scythian Gold Case
Currently, the Scythian gold collection is being kept at the Allard Pearson Museum in Amsterdam
The Amsterdam Court of Appeal has postponed delivery of a final judgment in the Scythian gold case.
The decision was postponed due to lack of information from the parties, Ukrinform reported.
“The Court of Appeal needs further information from the parties regarding the ownership claimed by the Ukrainian state and the right of ‘operational management’ claimed by the Crimean museums,” the Court’s interim judgment published.
The court gave to the parties two months to provide the requested information and, subsequently, the court will examine the case further.
“A final judgment may be expected in six to nine months’ time,” the judge said.
The Court of Appeal has ruled that the Allard Pearson Museum, in view of the complex situation in Crimea, “could reasonably not assess which party was entitled to claim the Crimean treasures.”
“In the meantime, the APM has properly kept the Crimean treasures in storage awaiting the outcome of the proceedings. In view of all this, the APM was entitled to suspend its obligation to return the Crimean treasures pending a final decision,” the judge said.
Earlier in March, the Amsterdam Court of Appeal stated that it would deliver the judgment in the case of the return of the Scythian gold collection to Ukraine on June 11, 2019, but then it became known that the judgment would be delivered on July 16. On March 11, the Amsterdam Court of Appeal started to consider an appeal in this case.
The collection of Scythian gold had been delivered to the Allard Pearson Museum in Amsterdam as part of the exhibition entitled ‘Crimea – the Gold and Secrets of the Black Sea’ prior to the illegal annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation.