Two detained in Thessaloniki over illegal artifacts


Police in Thessaloniki have detained a man, 81, and a woman, 48,  for trading in illegal antiquities. A police search turned up dozens of ancient coins and several religious icons whose provenance could not be accounted for.

The coins, which date to the Classical, Hellenistic, Roman and post-Roman eras, were found in a store run by the 81-year-old in central Thessaloniki.

A police investigation revealed that the man has a previous conviction – carrying a 10-month prison sentence – for receiving and selling illegally-acquired goods.