Two missing ancient Quran manuscripts delivered in Munich
Publish Date : Sunday 24 July 2016 - 16:56
IBNA- Two missing manuscripts of the Holy Quran which were discovered in the course of a court case were handed to Abdollah Nekounam, Iran’s Consul General in Munich.
According to IBNA
correspondent, quoting from the Public Relations Department of National Library and Archives Organisation of Iran (NLAI)
, these two ancient manuscripts of the Holy Quran which were delivered to the Consul General of Iran last Thursday.
These works belonged to an Iranian collector who lived in Munich since 1962 and had gathered a valuable collection of Iranian and Islamic manuscripts and put them up for auction occasionally to live with their income.
When the collector died in 2007, his children found that some works from his rich collection had disappeared. They first referred to a private detector, and after more research, the case was referred to the Bavarian State Police. After several years of research in Germany and abroad, the experts at the Bavarian State Police became suspicious of an Iranian-German engineer who visited this collector near the end of his life and tended to his work.
In December 2011, the officers at the State Police found 174 precious works, while searching the house of this engineer, worth over three million Euros. He admitted to stealing antique works in the court in March 2016 and was sentenced to prison by the court.