Police hand back Tutu's stolen Nobel medal

JOHANNESBURG Sat Jun 16, 2007 11:44am EDT

1 of 2. Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu addresses the European Parliament in Brussels June 5, 2007. South African police handed back the Nobel Peace Prize medal won by Tutu to his wife on Saturday after it was stolen from his Johannesburg home this month.

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JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African police handed back the Nobel Peace Prize medal won by Archbishop Desmond Tutu to his wife on Saturday after it was stolen from his Johannesburg home this month.

Johannesburg police superintendent Thembi Nkwashu said Tutu's wife Leah identified the medal -- awarded to Tutu in 1984 when he won the prize for his work against apartheid -- and other items stolen from her home on Sunday.

"All the property was handed back to her as soon as she positively identified it," Nkwashu said.

Local media reported that the medal was worth about one million rand ($139,400).

Police said other items taken included jewellery, a television set and a DVD player. Five suspects had been arrested.

Tutu, the 75-year-old former Anglican archbishop of Cape Town, was overseas when the incident occurred.

South Africa's high crime rates have not spared the country's famous and powerful.

Nelson Mandela's former wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, had her Soweto home burgled in February. Nobel-prize winning author Nadine Gordimer was locked in a store room in her Johannesburg home last October while thieves took cash and jewellery.

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