Amsterdam court has postponed the case of Scythian gold

Глянько Катерина
12:58, 09 July
Amsterdam court has postponed the case of Scythian gold
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The court in Amsterdam postponed the consideration of the case on "Scythian gold" because Ukraine questioned the objectivity of one of the judges involved in the case.

This was announced by the official representative of the Court of Appeal of Amsterdam Melissa Zeilstra to the Russian news agency TASS.

According to her, the date of the decision in this case has not been determined yet, as one of the judges was again asked to be removed. We are talking about the same judge Du Oranier, whose objectivity was questioned by the Ukrainian side last year due to the fact that for several years he represented the interests of the Russian company "Promneftstroy" in the case against JSC "NK" Yukos ", that is, actually defended the interests of Russia, as the main stakeholder in the case in favor of "Promneftstroy". He represented the interests of the Russian company in close cooperation with lawyers representing the Crimean museums in the case of ''Scythian gold" -  Rob Meyer and Mariel Coppenol-Lafors.

The court representative added that the date of the hearings on this issue could be determined in 2-3 weeks.

She noted that the appeal would be dealt with by the Amsterdam Court of Appeal, not the Hague Court of Appeal.

What is known

  • On November 1, 2019, the Hague Court of Appeal rejected the Ukrainian side's claim against Du Oranje because they did not find any circumstances that would convincingly prove Oranie prejudice against Ukraine.
  • On December 14, 2016, a court in Amsterdam decided to return to Ukraine Scythian gold, which at the time of the annexation of Crimea was on display in a Dutch museum.
  • The court also ruled that Ukraine must reimburse the costs of storing the collection of the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam.
  • In January 2017, Crimean museums began the process of appealing the decision of the Amsterdam court.
  • On July 16, 2019, the Amsterdam Court of Appeal issued a preliminary ruling in the case of "Scythian gold", stating that it needed additional information from the parties.
  • The trial in this case was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic on June 11, 2020.
  • Scythian gold is a collection of exhibits with more than 2,000 items that were used to decorate the exhibition "Crimea: Gold and Secrets of the Black Sea". It took place from February to August 2014 at the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam.