Nepal nails famed US explorer for illegal treasure trove Options

Kathmandu, May 24, 2008 (IANS) A famed American explorer and writer, whose books on Tibet opened the forbidden former Buddhist kingdom to Western eyes, has been nailed by Nepal Police for possessing an illegal treasure trove of wildlife parts and ancient archaeological artefacts. Ian Baker, who first came to Kathmandu as a 19-year-old student to research Tibetan paintings and made the Himalayan kingdom his home since the 80s, making forays from there to China-occupied Tibet, has become overnight Nepal’s most wanted after police discovered over a sizeable cache of ancient idols, Tibetan paintings, tiger skins, bones of endangered animals and other illegal animal parts in two apartments in the capital rented by him.

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