Police seize 1 mln euros' worth of antiquities from three suspects

TAGS: Crime, Archaeology

Three suspects aged 41, 50 and 60 have been accused of possessing illegal antiquities with a commercial value estimated at around 1 million euros, the police’s department for antiquities said on Friday.

The suspects were arrested in different parts of Athens after searches of their homes turned up a host of precious relics, including the torso of a marble statue believed to date to the Hellenistic period, an arrangement of four bronze figures from the late geometric period, and ancient coins and jewelry.

Evidence suggests that the suspects had been conducting illegal excavations in Melitaia in the Fthiotida region and selling their finds on the black market since 2013.