In 2002, Rome signed an agreement authorizing the transfer of the second-century statue to Libya, which was an Italian colony from 1911 to 1942.
See also here.
I do not know Italia Nostra.
If they are really, as the article says, a “conservation group” then in principle one expects them to do good work.
However, trying to hold on to a fruit of robbery in colonial times, and the name reminiscing of the “Mare Nostro” (the Mediterranean as the inner sea of dictator Mussolini’s supposed revival of the Roman empire, justifying subjection of Libya etc.) might point in another direction.
- Marina Berlusconi touted as father’s heir apparent (kansascity.com)
- Cosa Nostra ‘man of honour’ denied bail in London court – Reuters UK (uk.reuters.com)
- Libya TV presenter shot in Benghazi (bbc.co.uk)
- Leptis Magna, Libya. (jugraphia.wordpress.com)
- Is Italian politics racist, insane or both? (thecommentator.com)