The pieces - including busts, statues and stone jewelry -
were housed for 11 years in Madrid's Museum of America while
courts decided who their rightful owner was after they were
illegally exported from Colombia.
The South American country made an official petition to
repatriate the objects and Spain's High Court ruled on June 10
that they be turned over to the Colombian government's
"In addition to economic value, the pieces' greatest value comes
from their roots, which is an expression of history itself, of
culture and of every nation's soul," Police General Director
Ignacio Cosido said during a ceremony at the museum to turn the
objects over to Colombian officials.
Spanish officials are still trying to determine which Latin
American countries are the rightful owners of an additional 300
archaeological pieces seized in the 2003 raid.
(Reporting by Francisco Pazos; Editing by Fiona Ortiz and
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