PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The retrial of a Delaware man who acknowledged having broken a thumb off a $4.5 million statue at a Philadelphia museum has been indefinitely postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak in the home country of the relic.

Federal prosecutors said in a court filing last week that several Chinese witnesses essential to their case against 26-year-old Michael Rohana would be unable to travel to Philadelphia for the Feb. 18 retrial.

Their arrival has been barred under the travel ban instituted on foreign nationals have visited China in the last two weeks.

The Bear resident was attending a Christmas-themed ugly sweater party at the Franklin Institute in 2017 when authorities say he entered a closed exhibit of ancient statues, snapped the thumb of a statute called “The Cavalryman” and left with it.

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