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UK News Italian police break up international smuggling ring trafficking Greek archaeological artefacts after raids in London, France, Serbia and Germany

14:05  19 november  2019
14:05  19 november  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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smuggling ring trafficking Greek archaeological artefacts after raids in London , France , Serbia and smuggling ring has been broken up by Italian police in Southern Italy today following raids in ring of exporters, responsible for excavating Greek archaeological artefacts from the south of

Italian art police have searched houses and buildings in four countries, including Britain, and The items were eventually exported to countries outside of Italy , including Germany , Britain, France and Serbia . Franceschini said the investigation was supported by the Metropolitan police in London

A cross-border criminal artefact smuggling ring has been broken up by Italian police in Southern Italy today following raids in Britain, France, Serbia and Germany.

Eighty suspects are under investigation Europe wide, with two suspects jailed and twenty individuals held under house-arrest in Calabria, Milan and other Italian cities.

They are thought to be part of a clandestine ring of exporters, responsible for excavating Greek archaeological artefacts from the south of Italy for sale around the world, led by two Calabrians living in the southern Italy province of Crotone.

a person standing next to a fence: The clandestine excavators covered their faces with ski masks to avoid being recognised on video surveillance cameras © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The clandestine excavators covered their faces with ski masks to avoid being recognised on video surveillance cameras

Approximately 10,000 artefacts were recovered by the culture-crime division of the Carabinieri military, police some dating from the fourth and third centuries B.C.

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Italian police have broken up a smuggling ring that was illegally transporting archaeological artefacts around the world. Police carried out early morning raids on Monday morning in London , as well as cities in Germany , France and Serbia , according to the Carabinieri paramilitary art crime

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Investigators were aided by police in the other European countries involved so that arrests, searches and seizures, were made simultaneously through a Eurojust European Investigation Order.

a person looking at the camera: Greek terracotta vases, oil lamps, plates decorated with images of animals, necklaces and decorative clasps were all trafficked © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Greek terracotta vases, oil lamps, plates decorated with images of animals, necklaces and decorative clasps were all trafficked

Greek terracotta vases, oil lamps, plates decorated with images of animals, necklaces and decorative clasps were all trafficked.

The investigation has been ongoing since 2017, recovering artefacts totalling several million euros, investigators said.

Captain Bartolo Taglietti, who commands the Carabinieri art squad in Cosenza, Calabria said that many of the antiquities had been sent to auction houses in London, Munich, Germany and other northern European cities.

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Investigators claim that the Calabria-based ring contacted an Italian in the central city of Perugia after digging up the artefacts, this individual then used their contacts in the European auction world to tap into the illegal market.

Italian law specifies that antiquities discovered on Italy's territory belong to the state.

Prosecutors involved in the probe are based in Crotone, a seaside city whose roots go back to its foundation in the 8th century B.C. by ancient Greeks.

a statue of a person: Italian law specifies that antiquities discovered on Italy's territory belong to the state © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Italian law specifies that antiquities discovered on Italy's territory belong to the state a bunch of items that are on display in a pot: Carabinieri said the trafficking gang used an excavator similar to a backhoe to dig for antiquities © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Carabinieri said the trafficking gang used an excavator similar to a backhoe to dig for antiquities

The ancient city was an important colony of Magna Grecia. The illegal digs were conducted at known archaeological sites in Calabria, including not far from the famed Hera Lacinia temple, police said.

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ROME — The Italian police have dismantled an international ring trafficking in what prosecutors say are thousands of Twenty Italians were arrested in Italy , one in Spain and one in Germany . The police said that many objects were smuggled into Germany , where they were falsely labeled

Police used a drone to help in the investigation.

While archaeologists painstakingly sift through soil with their hands or hand-held tools to avoid damaging artifacts, Carabinieri said the trafficking gang used an excavator similar to a backhoe to dig for antiquities.

The clandestine excavators covered their faces with ski masks to avoid being recognised on video surveillance cameras, but investigators traced the suspects after noting the license number on a vehicle parked nearby.

Carabinieri military police tweeted a video of their artefact search with the caption: 'Extensive operation of #Carabinieri #TPC together with Europol and Eurojust: We performed 23 precautionary measures and 80 searches in Italy, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Serbia. Foiling the trafficking of archaeological heritage, the result of illegal excavations in Calabria.#WeAreCarabinieri'

a man wearing a uniform: Investigators claim that the Calabria-based ring contacted an Italian in the central city of Perugia after digging up the artefacts © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Investigators claim that the Calabria-based ring contacted an Italian in the central city of Perugia after digging up the artefacts Read more

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