Wednesday 6 February 2019

Five People Arrested in Antiquities Bust in Spain [UPDATED]

It has been reported that three looted sculptures (VI century BC) have been seized in Spain and five people have been arrested by Spanish Police on suspicion of handling stolen items. Allegedly, among the detained are three antique dealers from Barcelona, and one of the other people reported to be involved is the daughter of the founder of a major national bank. The usual presumptions of innocence until proven guilty apply.

Last March, two dealers in Spain were arrested during an operation against terror financing. They are accused of were trading antiquities looted from Libyan regions controlled by ISIL, and it looks like there might be a connection between these two antiquities cases.

The online article announcing the arrests and naming the accused was taken down a few hours after being published. 

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