Police presents priceless loot of antiquities smuggling ring bust

Greek police and the Culture ministry presented on Monday numerous priceless ancient artifacts and religious icons confiscated during a major police operation last week which resulted in the arrest of the members of two antiquities smuggling rings in Patras and Ioannina.

The most important pieces rescued from the smugglers include a golden wreath which dates from the Hellenistic times, two religious icons and a large number of ancient Greek and Roman coins. The rest of the artifacts will be presented to the relevant museums, authorities said.

Speaking at the presentation at the ministry for Civil Protection, Culture Minister Aristidis Baltas said it was an important day and that he’s happy these objects will be added to the other museum collections.