Sunday 22 January 2017

More on Operation Pandora: 75 Arrested in European Crackdown on Art Trafficking

European police have arrested 75 people and recovered about 3,500 stolen archaeological artifacts and other artworks as part of the dismantling of an international network of art traffickers [...] following a Pan-European police operation begun in October and led by investigators in Spain and Cyprus. The criminal network handled artworks looted from war-stricken countries, as well as works stolen from museums and other sites, the statement said.
(Raphael Minder '75 Arrested in European Crackdown on Art Trafficking' New York Times Jan 22, 2017).

The code name for this operation probably refers to the opening of Pandora's box, apparenly 48 000 other people were investigated - probably buyers rather than sellers.

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