A Congolese activist and four others have gone on trial in France accused of trying to steal an African artefact from a museum.

Emery Mwazulu Diyabanza grabbed the nineteenth Century funeral staff from Chad on the Quai Branly museum in Paris in June.

He talked about on social media he had come to claim Africa’s stolen property.

There was rising debate whether or not or not artefacts taken all through colonial events must be returned.

The 5 people who went on trial on Tuesday are accused of tried theft of a registered work.

Prosecutors have requested for an incredible of €1,000 (£907) for Mr Diyabanza and €500 each for his alleged accomplices.

Mr Diyabanza is reported to have carried out associated actions at museums in Marseille and Berg en Dal inside the Netherlands.

After his arrest in June, Mr Diyabanza, 41, sued the French state accusing it of “theft and receiving state gadgets”.

He has criticised the French authorities’s velocity in returning artefacts to African nations.

President Emmanuel Macron vowed to take a look on the return of some African cultural treasures following his election win in 2017.

A 2018 report commissioned by Mr Macron talked about there have been about 90,000 African works in French museums nonetheless talked about not all had been pillaged or stolen.

To date, a ceremonial sword has been despatched once more to Senegal and the federal authorities has promised to return 26 works to Benin, data firm AFP critiques.

A verdict on the trial is anticipated subsequent month.

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