An unnamed Greek shipping tycoon has offered to pay the fees of Amal Alamoundin and the law firm she works for, Doughty Street Chambers, in order to help repatriate the famous Parthenon Marbles from the British Museum.
According to a London Times report, a former Greek Culture Ministry official said on Monday that a shipping magnate, who operates in both Athens and London, and prefers to remain anonymous, offered to pay the legal fees for the endeavor. The former official declined to say who approached who. He said the government had deemed the fees “too extravagant” for crisis-stricken Greece.
The official quoted by the British newspaper worked for former Culture Minister Konstantinos Tasoulas who had started a campaign to claim back the Greek sculptures from the British Museum and had invited the team of lawyers in Athens.
The former Greek Culture Ministry official said the issue is receiving free publicity and legal advice, and that the Greek government would be foolish to miss this opportunity to bring the Parthenon Marbles back.