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Medieval frescoes…

Culture Minister Antonis Samaras (r) smiles yesterday during a ceremony for the handover of two fragments of medieval frescoes looted from an underground chapel in central Italy in 1982. The ceremony was attended by Italian Police Chief Lieutenant Colonel Raffaele Mancino (l) and Italy’s ambassador to Greece, Gianpaolo Scarante. The two fragments, both depicting haloed saints, were discovered by Greek police officers in 2006 in a hideout used by criminals on the small Cycladic island of Schinousa, near Naxos. The fragments had been taken from a chapel in a grotto south of Monte Cassino containing rock paintings.