24 Jul 2009

King's head returned to Ghana

10:29 am on 24 July 2009

The Netherlands has returned to Ghana the head of a king executed by Dutch colonists more than 70 years ago. It has been kept in a museum for many years.

King Badu Bonsu the Second was hanged in 1838 after being found guilty of killing two Dutch officials - his head was removed and taken to the Netherlands.

It has now been returned to members of the King's tribe, who travelled to the Netherlands from Ghana.

Dutch author Arthur Japin came across the head while researching a book. He says the king's face has been perfectly preserved.