A couple of hours after we posted that the instruments of the Sao Paolo Symphony Orchestra were being held at the home airport because Customs were on strike, the entire cargo was mysteriously released – just in time for today’s concert.
A senior source at the orchestra tells us: ‘It was no doubt important to show that the subject attracted international attention, and the Olympics should thank you for that too!’
Glad to be of service.
Meantime, Frankfurt remains deadlocked, refusing to return a seized Guarnerius violinto the Brussels-based Yuzuko Horigome until she pays a 380,000 Euro fine. A Slipped Disc reader has clarified the position by phone with the Customs authorities at Frankfurt airport.
They told her that when you enter Germany with an object whose value is higher than Euro 430 you must go through the red lane anytime and pay a 19% deposit of the value of an instrument, which is repaid when leaving the country.
Ms Horigome went through green and suffered a higher penalty.