The crown jewels of Ghana’s Ashanti King Otomfuo Osei Tutu II were stolen from the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel in downtown Oslo. The jewels have been passed down from generation to generation of Ashanti rulers and are used by the king when he performs ceremonial duties.
The suitcase was reported stolen Wednesday morning in the hotel lobby, according to Norwegian news media reports. NRK reports that the police have “good pictures” from a surveillance camera at the hotel’s lobby and are working on identifying the possible suspects.
King Otomfuo Osei Tutu II ascended the throne in 1999 and was the 16th Asantehene, or ruler of the Ashanti tribe.