Evia man arrested over illegal antiquities hoard

Evia man arrested over illegal antiquities hoard

Police on the island of Evia on Tuesday announced the arrest of a 59-year-old man who was found in possession of objects that he had allegedly removed from an ancient grave.

A police statement said that officers made the arrest on Monday in the municipality of Dirfys-Messapia.

A raid on the man’s home turned up scores of ancient coins, jewelry, vessels, a prehistoric marble idol and other items.

The suspect was due to appear before a prosecutor in Halkida on charges of violating antiquities laws.

The objects will be handed over to local antiquities authorities for further assessment. 

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