These empty pedestals at Koh Ker temple, in Siem Reap province, mark a battleground that has big implications for Western museums.
That’s because the Cambodian government has filed suit in a US court to have a statue that was looted from this site seized from the giant auction house Sotheby’s. And now Cambodian officials say they are considering asking US museums for the return of their stolen objects.
Jason Felch, an investigative reporter for the Los Angeles Times and an author on a book about the antiquities trade, says the case is drawing battle lines. VOA Khmer's Cheang Sophinarath, Long Beach.