A legal opinion says the British Museum must return looted artifacts to Ethiopia

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 - 5:17pm


Eleven sacred objects of great spiritual and religious value to Ethiopia have been sitting in a vault in the British Museum, unseen by the public since they were looted by the British in 1868. Now, the museum is being urged to return the sacred objects to Ethiopia in a new legal opinion that concludes that returning them complies with British law regarding museum collections and, well, is also the right thing to do. Marco Werman speaks with Samantha Knights QC, the British lawyer who wrote the legal opinion.