The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will be holding a ceremony on Tuesday, September 23, 2008 to return pre-Columbian artifacts to the Ecuadorian government. These artifacts represent the cultural heritage of Ecuador and are historically significant to the Ecuadorian people. Pre-Columbian art consists of pottery, baskets, jewelry, carvings, figurines and sculptures that pre-date the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas. The pre-Columbian artifacts in this matter are from Ecuador and are considered by experts to range from 2,000 to 5,000 years old. Some of the artifacts will be on display during the ceremony.
Participating in the ceremony will be Jonathan I. Solomon, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Miami Field Office; Heather Hodges, United States Ambassador to Ecuador; and R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District for Florida; Representing Ecuador will be Juan Carlos Toledo, Consul General, Ecuadorian Consulate in Miami; Maria Veronica Endara, Vice Consul General, Ecuadorian Consulate in Miami; Abraham Cheing, Federal Prosecutor, Office of the Attorney General; José Chancay, Archeologist, National Institute of Ecuador’s Cultural Assets; and Sergeant Leonardo Salas, Interpol Representative for the National Police of Ecuador.
The media is welcome and encouraged to attend the ceremony.
The following is information regarding the ceremony:
Date: September 23, 2008
Time: Door opens at 3:00 p.m. for set-up
Ceremony starts at 3:30 p.m.
Place: FBI Office
16320 NW 2nd Avenue
North Miami Beach, Florida 33169
If you have any questions or need more information, please contact SA Judy Orihuela at (305) 787-6409.