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Swede stands trial in royal jewels heist

January 30, 2019 - 2:05 AM

STOCKHOLM - A man accused of stealing 65 million kronor ($7.2 million) worth of royal treasure, including a jeweled crown, from a cathedral where they were on display, went on trial Wednesday in Sweden.

Prosecutor Reena Devgun said the 22-year-old Swedish national committed a "serious offence" because it was planned and the stolen objects were "cultural and historically unique and irreplaceable."

The man, arrested on Sept. 12, is believed to have stolen the artifacts, dating back to 1611 and made for royal funerals, from the Strangnas Cathedral, with another person. A second man has been detained but not charged.

The items, which have not been recovered, were stolen July 31 from an alarmed display after the thieves smashed the glass.

The defendant has not been publicly identified. No date for a verdict was announced.

The stolen artifacts are so-called funeral regalia, which are placed inside or on top of a coffin to symbolize a deceased royal's identity and social ranking.

While some funeral regalia are kept in the cathedrals of Strangnas, Uppsala and Vasteras, Sweden's crown jewels are in vaults under the Royal Castle in Stockholm.

News from © The Associated Press, 2019
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