Amsterdam Court will consider the appeal of the Crimean museums on the case of Scythian gold on March 11, as Ukrinform reported citing Justice Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Petrenko.
“We expect the violent court debates; Ukrainian state possesses the right to speak first. According to the preliminary schedule, the session will last until 17:00, March 11, 2019,” he specified.
The minister also emphasized that Ukraine provided additional evidence to the court on February 15.
“Ukraine has filed the additional evidence including expert opinion on the use of 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export, and Transport of Ownership of Cultural Property of Professor Francesco Francioni and expert opinion on international public international law important for consideration of the case of Professor Niko Shreiwer,” Petrenko specified.
The occupation authorities of Crimea have filed a complaint against the decision of the Amsterdam Court to return a collection of Scythian gold to Ukraine. This was stated by Arina Novoselskaya, the "Minister of Culture" of the occupied Crimea.
Scythian gold has been kept in the Netherlands since February 2014 and was brought to the exhibition "Crimea - the golden island in the Black Sea." By the end of February 2014, the Crimea was annexed by Russia, and the Dutch couldn’t decide where to return the Scythian gold.