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Museum theft – Croatia – Split deputy mayor Andjelka Viskovic is to demand an audit of the city's museum collections following media reports that valuable pieces have gone missing and ended up in the hands of ex PM Ivo Sanader.

Split deputy mayor orders museum audits following rumours of theft
Croatian Times
Split deputy mayor Andjelka Viskovic is to demand an audit of the city’s museum collections following media reports that valuable pieces have gone missing and ended up in the hands of ex PM Ivo Sanader.
In 2007 a museum audit revealed 152 pieces of artwork, sculptures and antique weapons had gone missing.
Local paper Jutarnji List last week quoted a Split antique dealer who said the former PM had been given some of them as “thank yous” for various appointments. The paper also suggested Sanader had installed one of his wife’s relatives as director of the City Museum to cover up the loss.
“We will do everything in order to protect the property of our museums, the property of the city of Split,” Viskovic said.
But City Museum lawyer Nediljko Ivancevic has denied all allegations, saying that no artwork had disappeared from the Museum.
“It is not correct that because of familial relations between the director of the Museum Elvira Saric-Kostic with the wife of Ivo Sanader, the Museum is not able to care for and protect all exponents that have been entrusted to it,” Ivancevic said.
Police are investigating the claims.
http://www.croatiantimes.com/news/General_News/2011-01-05/16232/Split_deputy_mayor_orders_museum_audits_following_rumours_of_theft

Split deputy mayor orders museum audits following rumours of theft
Croatian TimesSplit deputy mayor Andjelka Viskovic is to demand an audit of the city’s museum collections following media reports that valuable pieces have gone missing and ended up in the hands of ex PM Ivo Sanader.
In 2007 a museum audit revealed 152 pieces of artwork, sculptures and antique weapons had gone missing.
Local paper Jutarnji List last week quoted a Split antique dealer who said the former PM had been given some of them as “thank yous” for various appointments. The paper also suggested Sanader had installed one of his wife’s relatives as director of the City Museum to cover up the loss.
“We will do everything in order to protect the property of our museums, the property of the city of Split,” Viskovic said.
But City Museum lawyer Nediljko Ivancevic has denied all allegations, saying that no artwork had disappeared from the Museum.
“It is not correct that because of familial relations between the director of the Museum Elvira Saric-Kostic with the wife of Ivo Sanader, the Museum is not able to care for and protect all exponents that have been entrusted to it,” Ivancevic said.
Police are investigating the claims.

http://www.croatiantimes.com/news/General_News/2011-01-05/16232/Split_deputy_mayor_orders_museum_audits_following_rumours_of_theft

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