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A federal judge in Indianapolis, rejected an attempt by the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus to join a suit seeking to wrest control of four 6th-Century Byzantine mosaic panels from an Indianapolis art dealer. U.S. District Judge James Noland ruled that American law did not recognize the Turkish Cypriot state and rejected its effort to join the Republic of Cyprus and the Greek Orthodox Church of Cyprus in the suit. The two-foot-square mosaics depict Jesus, an angel and Saints James and Mark. They used to be in the church of Panagia Kanakaria in the village of Lythrankomi in northern Cyprus. Indianapolis art dealer Peg L. Goldberg said in opening court statements that her purchase of the mosaics was valid because she bought them in Geneva for $1.2 million from Turkish art seller Aydin Dikmen.


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