Szijjártó: With the help of the FBI, a dueling bell who has been missing for 21 years has been found in the United States

Szijjártó: With the help of the FBI, a dueling bell who has been missing for 21 years has been found in the United States

As a result of the Hungarian-American cooperation, he said, the bell of the previously stolen Jásztelek Church in Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok County has returned to Hungary from the United States after 21 years. Peter Szijjarto In a Facebook post on Wednesday.

Then the bell, which was stolen from the steeple of the chapel more than two decades ago, could be returned to Jásztelek within days, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade said.

He also wrote: In September 2001, the old parish bell, cast in 1937, was stolen from the tower of the Havas Polgodsoszyn Church in Yashtelik. The investigation of that time did not bring results, and more than twenty years passed when a member of the local Hungarian community in the US state of Louisiana noticed a bell decorated with familiar carvings in an antique store.

Hungarian diplomacy was also involved in the story from now on, and the investigation team was created in cooperation with the FBI, which first identified and then seized the bell of the Havas Boldogasson church, which is believed to be lost, wrote the head of the Hungarian. Diplomacy.

The background to the case is that in February 2022 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Affairs (KKM) received notification about a bell with an inscription from Jásztelek, then through the Antiquities Protection Sub-Unit of the Hungarian Police, that a bell of unknown origin had appeared in the US art trade.

The Technical Supervisory Authority was able to prove the theft and unauthorized export from the state, and collected documents and declarations of property right, and then made them available to US investigative agencies. In cooperation with the Hungarian Police’s Antiquities Protection Unit, the stolen bell was eventually seized by the FBI, the post says.

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