Trio arrested over bid to sell artefacts
Three men have been detained in Abu Dhabi for smuggling unique artefacts into the UAE and trying to sell them off. Abu Dhabi Police yesterday said that the Arab men, whose nationality was not stated, were caught at a hotel while in possession of the artefacts including antique daggers and old coins and scripts. Colonel Dr Rashid Mohammed Bu Rasheed, Director of the Criminal Investigation Department, said: “The three men were being monitored by police and were intending to sell the artefacts for a large amount of money.” Police referred the men to prosecutors. Bu Rasheed said: “It is important to protect the heritage and legacy of civilisations by prosecuting those involved in smuggling and selling artefacts.” According to the Associated Press, Middle East antiquities are increasingly popping up for sale on the wider black market, especially those stolen from territory seized by ISIS in Iraq and Syria.