Colombia court weighs demand for Spain to return gold treasure

BOGOTA -- Colombia's constitutional court is studying a petition demanding that Spain return a collection of 122 pre-Colombian gold ornaments given by a 19th century president to its former colonial power.

See Full Article

Experts began testifying Thursday in a day-long session before the high court to study the petition by a local lawyer.

Then-President Carlos Holguin gave the collection in 1893 to Spanish Queen Maria Cristina to thank the monarchy for its role demarcating Colombia's border with Venezuela.

The collection came to be known as the Quimbaya Treasure, for the pre-Columbian artisans that crafted the pieces. It currently belongs to Madrid's Museum of the Americas.

Many Colombians consider it national patrimony and are demanding its repatriation under international conventions.aba

Spain's culture ministry and the museum had no immediate comment.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • 'Total victory is near': Iraqi forces recapture last ISIS-held town

    World News CBC News
    Iraqi forces on Friday captured the border town of Rawa, the last remaining town under ISIS control, signalling the collapse of the group's self-proclaimed caliphate. Rawa's capture marks the end of the extremist group's era of territorial rule over a so-called caliphate that it proclaimed in 2014 across vast swaths of Iraq and Syria. Source
  • Strong earthquake jolts southwest China; no word on damage

    World News CTV News
    BEIJING - A strong earthquake has shaken China's Tibet region but there's no immediate word on damage or casualties. The U.S. Geological Survey says the 6.3 magnitude quake hit at a depth of about 10 kilometres about 58 kilometres northeast of Nyingchi. Source
  • Lebanon's outgoing PM Hariri heads for France, asserts his freedom

    World News CBC News
    Lebanon's outgoing prime minister Saad al-Hariri said Friday he is on his way to the airport in Saudi Arabia. Hariri, who sparked a crisis by resigning on Nov. 4 during a visit to Saudi Arabia, tweeted, "To say that I am held up in Saudi Arabia and not allowed to leave the country is a lie. Source
  • Lebanon PM says he is leaving Saudi Arabia, heads to airport

    World News CTV News
    BEIRUT -- Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri said early Saturday that he was heading to the airport in Saudi Arabia, where he is expected to leave for France, two weeks after declaring his resignation from the kingdom and sparking speculation that he was forced to do so. Source
  • Ex-Laval mayor who was sentenced to six years for corruption gets day parole

    Canada News CTV News
    MONTREAL -- The former mayor of Quebec's third-largest city who was sentenced to six years in prison last December after pleading guilty to conspiracy, fraud and breach of trust has been granted day parole. A Parole Board of Canada document dated Nov. Source
  • Longtime Inuit politician Paul Quassa chosen as new premier of Nunavut

    Canada News CTV News
    IQALUIT, Nunavut -- A longtime Inuit politician has been chosen as the fourth premier of Nunavut. "I am out of words," was Paul Quassa's first statement after spending Friday answering questions from his fellow members of the legislature as to why they should vote for him. Source
  • New National Holocaust Monument to stay open year-round

    Canada News CTV News
    OTTAWA -- The newly opened National Holocaust Monument won't be closed for the winter after all. Heritage Minister Melanie Joly says in a tweet that the soaring concrete structure just west of Parliament Hill will remain open throughout the year. Source
  • Candidate for Ohio governor details his sexual past with '50 very attractive females'

    World News CTV News
    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A state Supreme Court justice running for Ohio governor volunteered candid details of his sexual past on Facebook, saying Friday that he was taking a swipe at the "media frenzy" over sexual misconduct. Source
  • UN to vote on 30-day extension of expert body on Syria

    World News CTV News
    The UN Security Council has scheduled a vote Friday evening on a resolution that would extend for 30 days the mandate of the expert body charged with determining responsibility for chemical weapons attacks in Syria. Source
  • Police allege Toronto man, 32, placed online ad seeking sex with young girls

    Canada News CTV News
    TORONTO - Police say a 32-year-old Toronto man is facing charges in a child luring investigation. Investigators allege the accused posted an online classified ad, using the email address mikailusmaximus?åògmail.com, looking to have sex with young girls. Source