Police arrested three Cypriot men aged 55, 48, and 45, as well as a 37-year-old Cypriot woman, were arrested on charges relating to the illegal trade of antiquities.
A police spokesman said that the recent developments, information received and arrests made in this week’s operation point to a large network involving the illegal trade of antiquities on the island.
Limassol police, in a coordinated operation on Wednesday morning, involving the Antiquities Department recovered a large amount of antiquities in three Limassol district communities.
The operation was within the framework of a wider European Union effort to combat the illegal trade in antiquities involving 20 EU member-states, UNESCO and the US, which is expected to be completed on Friday.
Acting on information received on suspected Greek Cypriot illegal traders of antiquities, police searched various properties of eight suspects that are well known to police and have a history of illegal antiquities trading.
The 55-year-old from Pissouri, was remanded into custody for three days on Thursday while the remaining three suspects were charged and released pending their court appearance.
Police discovered over 157 clay vessels of various sizes and types from the Hellenistic and Ottoman eras as well as some items of items of cultural and religious importance in the 55-year-old’s house in Pissouri without the relevant certification from the antiquities department. Apart from the 157 illegal items in his possession, police discovered a legally certified collection of antiquities in his possession, although closer inspection revealed that a number of items were missing from the collection leading police and Antiquity Department officials to believe that they have...