Trio ar­rested over bid to sell arte­facts

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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.

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