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Cambodia welcomes return of stolen artifacts

STORY: Among the repatriated artifacts was a 10th century sandstone statue depicting the Hindu god of war ‘Skanda’ riding on a peacock, which was sold to Western buyers in 2000 by Douglas Latchford, a British art dealer based in Bangkok who created fake documents to conceal the fact that the item had been looted and smuggled.

The Southeast Asian country's archaeological sites including Koh Ker, an ancient city of the Khmer empire, suffered widespread looting in civil conflicts between the 1960s and 1990s. Cambodia's government has since sought to repatriate stolen antiquities sold on the international market.