A Buddha statue is displayed at the Natural History Museum in Budapest. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo
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The small eastern Chinese village of Yangchun has accused Dutch collector Oscar van Overeem of buying the stolen Buddha statue containing the remains of the monk in Hong Kong in 1996 .The village is asking Dutch judges to rule that the human-sized Buddha statue be returned to the temple from where it was stolen in late 1995, after being worshipped there for centuries.The villagers are demanding that the statue be given back in a closely watched case which could mark one of the first successful retrievals of Chinese relics in court.Van Overeem again reiterated in court that he did not have the statue, which he said he exchanged in a swap with a Chinese collector in 2015 .
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