On October 28, 2020, the Amsterdam Court of Appeal granted the application of Ukraine on the recusal of a judge in case on Scythian gold due to the confirmation of his ties with lawyers of the Crimean museums as the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine reported on Facebook.
“The Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine welcomes the decision of the Amsterdam Court of Appeal on the recusal of the judge in case on Scythian gold. Such a decision with many efforts of the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy, allows to count on impartial court procedure in this high profile case,” the message said.
According to the ministry, the tie of the court with the lawyers of the Crimean museums might show his prejudgement.
Deputy Ministry of Culture and Information Policy Svitlana Fomenko expressed hope that soon the priceless artifacts from the Crimean museums will return to Ukraine.
As it was reported earlier, the dispute between Ukraine and Russia “Where the collection should be returned” has begun after the annexation of the peninsula. The Scythian gold collection from the Crimean museums was put on view at the Allard Pierson Museum of the University of Amsterdam in February 2014 when Crimea was still part of Ukraine. Amsterdam Court decided in December 2016 that Scythian gold should be returned to Ukraine.
On December 14, 2016, Amsterdam District Court ruled to return all the exhibits of the Crimean museums, which were presented in the Netherlands within “Scythian gold” exhibition to Ukraine.
Occupation authority of Crimea appealed the decision of the court in January 2017. Ukraine provided additional evidence to the court on February 2019.