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Tourist pays $17,000 fine for damaged Easter Island statue?

Posted by midnightcraz on April 9, 2008

Moai at Rano Raraku, Easter Island

SANTIAGO, Chile – A Finnish tourist who chipped an earlobe off an ancient Moai on Easter Island is being allowed to go home after paying a $17,000 fine and agreeing not to return for three years, police said Tuesday.

At prosecutors’ request, Kulju also wrote a public apology for damaging the figure, one of 400 statues carved out of volcanic rock between 400 and 1,000 years ago to represent deceased ancestors. The statues are protected by Chilean law.

Kulju was taken into custody after being caught trying to steal a piece of the Moai’s ear as a souvenir two weeks ago by a local Rapanui woman, who reported him to police on the South Pacific island.

Fate of Finn who damaged Easter Island statue? – Americas- msnbc.com

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