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NYC prosecutors seek custody of $100M in artifacts


NEW YORK (AP)- Manhattan prosecutors have asked a judge for custody of more than 2,500 artifacts seized during raids of storage facilities affiliated with an imprisoned Madison Avenue art dealer.

Court documents say the antiquities valued at $100 million were looted from India and other southern Asia countries and smuggled by Subhash Kapoor.

The complaint accuses Kapoor of hiding the objects in Queens and Manhattan.

Prosecutors said Tuesday the items were seized during raids between 2012 and last year. They've asked the court for custody of the stolen artifacts so they can be returned to their countries of origin.

Authorities also hope to prosecute Kapoor in the U.S. He's currently awaiting trial in India on charges of plundering archaeological sites. He's denied any wrongdoing.

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