South Korean diplomat accused of theft in Iran
Iran, Tehran, March 2 / Trend , A. Namdari/
Third secretary of the South Korean Embassy in Iran stole a piece of stone from the ruins of the Takhte Jamshid historical complex in Iran last week. Takhte Jamshid dates back to 800-700 B.C.
According to the Reconciliation Culture newspaper published by the Tehran administrative body, customs officials found a piece of stone from Takhte Jamshid while checking the diplomat's luggage at Shiraz Airport. The diplomat was not arrested due to his diplomatic immunity.
Witnesses said the diplomat visited Takhte Jamshid as a tourist with his family. He tried to take the stone to South Korea by hiding it in his child's luggage. The customs officials found the stone and sent it back to the ruins.
Though the incident occurred a week ago, it was not made public as the accused was a diplomat.
The stolen stone weighed two kilograms and depicted hairs of an Achaemenid Empire soldier.
The diplomat said he took the stone as it had been thrown out.
The palace of the Achaemenid Dynasty in Takhte Jamshid was destroyed when Alexander the Great attacked Iran. The city is located in Shiraz.