Police detain man over illegal possession of antiquities


A 47-year-old man was arrested on Monday in Giannitsa, northern Greece, on suspicion of illegally possessing antiquities.

The unnamed suspect was caught after allegedly trying to sell 11 pieces of Roman-era funerary steles.

The head of the Thessaloniki Security Police, Nikos Zisimopoulos, said that the antiquities, whose value is not known, were hidden in the countryside.

“We estimate they are from the 2nd or 3rd century BC,” added the officer, who said the suspect claimed he was storing the relics in order to hand them over to authorities.