Two years ago, when the "Qin Dynasty Pottery Cavalry Warriors" was exhibited in the United States, a young American man broke his finger. On July 8, the Shaanxi Provincial Cultural Relics Exchange Center responded to a reporter from the Beijing News that because the criminal case has not yet been tried in the United States, the country has not yet initiated civil liability and economic claims against the man involved. The official website of the Cultural Relics Bureau was released.
On June 14, the State Administration of Cultural Heritage approved the restoration of the first-class cultural relic "Qin Dynasty Ceramic Cavalry Warriors" in the Mausoleum Museum of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. Screenshot from the official website of the State Administration of Cultural Heritage
American youth steals terracotta soldiersAlleged to be accused of three crimes
According to US media reports, on the evening of December 21, 2017 local time, 24-year-old American youth Michael Rohana attended a party held at the museum that night At 9:15, he sneaked into a closed but unlocked exhibition hall and saw the terracotta warriors and horses on display in the museum.
So, Michael Rohana took out his cell phone and studied the fingers of a terracotta warrior with a flashlight, then stood on the display stand and took a selfie with his arm on the shoulder of the terracotta warrior. Afterwards, he quietly broke off the thumb of the Terracotta Warriors and Horses, hid it in his pocket and took it away.
Two weeks after the incident, the museum discovered the situation and called the police. The police locked Michael Rohana through surveillance video and fingerprints, and recovered the stolen thumb from his home. According to reports, the damaged terracotta warriors have been preserved for 2000 and are worth 4.5 million US dollars.
Subsequently, the U.S. prosecutors prosecuted Michael Rohana on three counts of stealing, hiding, and transporting artworks across states. After two postponements, the US District Court for the Eastern District of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, conducted a five-day trial of the case from April 1 to 5 this year.
Wu Haiyun, the person in charge of the Shaanxi Provincial Cultural Relics Exchange Center, publicly stated in an interview with the media a few days ago that in the first trial, the prosecution organized and arranged nearly 30 witnesses to testify in court, including 3 personnel from the center. In addition, the prosecution also hired Chinese American lawyers to assist the witnesses to testify in court.
During the trial, because the jury had different opinions on the issue of whether the defendant was guilty or not, the local court ruled that the trial was invalid. In the end, Michael Rohana was acquitted.
Shaanxi Cultural Relics Exchange Center: has not yet initiated civil liability and claims
On June 14, 2019, the State Administration of Cultural Heritage issued a document to approve the damaged cavalry (002531) in the exhibition "On the development of the "Terracotta Warriors: Emperor Qin Shihuang's Eternal Guard" exhibition submitted by the Emperor Qin Shihuang Mausoleum Museum, Philadelphia, USA ) Request for Protection and Restoration".
The State Administration of Cultural Heritage has agreed to the Qin Shihuang Emperor’s Mausoleum Museum to carry out the restoration work of the first-class cultural relics "Qin Dynasty Pottery Horses Carry out complete and detailed records and sufficient preliminary research, formulate a targeted protection and restoration plan, do a good job in the restoration and implementation, and create a good protection andExhibition environment".
The approval shows that from September 2017 to March 2018, the Shaanxi Provincial Cultural Relics Exchange Center and the Franklin Museum of Science in Philadelphia, the United States, jointly organized the exhibition "Terracotta Warriors and Horses: The Eternal Guard of the First Emperor of Qin".
Today (July 8), the reporter learned from the Shaanxi Provincial Cultural Relics Exchange Center that the U.S. federal prosecutor announced a few days ago that it will again prosecute Michael Rohana for stealing and hiding cultural heritage items.p>
A staff member of the Shaanxi Provincial Cultural Relics Exchange Center told reporters that because the trial of the criminal case has not ended and the retrial date has not yet been determined, the man involved has not yet been investigated for civil liability and economic compensation.
The center stated that it will continue to pay attention to and follow up on the progress of the case. In the future, it will initiate the investigation of civil liability in accordance with the law and make financial claims in accordance with the "Exhibition Agreement."
The above interviewee also said, And there will be results later, which will be released on the official website of the Shaanxi Provincial Bureau of Cultural Heritage.
(Source: Beijing News)