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Heirs of last king of Italy want jewels back

Umberto II's heirs sue to get crown jewels from Bank of Italy

(ANSA) - ROME, JAN 25 - The heirs of the last king of Italy said Tuesday they are suing the Italian state to get the crown jewels back.
    King Umberto II's heirs, Prince Vittorio Emanuele and Princesses Maria Gabriella, Maria Pia and Maria Beatrice, are to sue the premier's office, the economy ministry and the Bank of Italy to get back the jewels, which have been stored in a Bank of Italy vault since Italy voted to become a Republic in June 1946.
    The case has been entrusted to lawyer Sergio Orlandi, who told ANSA: "unlike the other goods, these were never confiscated and have remained pending. Therefore, they must be returned".
    The suit follows an attempt at mediation which failed on Tuesday. (ANSA).


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