Lebanon returned to Greece two 18th-century icons depicting Jesus and the Virgin Mary, which were seized during an auction in Lebanese territory.
The two images, which are in good condition, “were stolen at an exhibition in 2016 in Athens”, according to a court source.
The research in Lebanon has so far not identified the perpetrators of the theft or the way in which the two works of art entered Lebanon.
But the person who wanted to buy the two icons during an auction in Lebanon was questioned as he tried to transport them to Germany and to resell them, according to a court source.
The two works of art were handed over today by the Lebanese judicial authorities to the Greek ambassador in Beirut, Ekaterini Fountoulaki.