Trafficking of antiquities in the Middle East: five people in police custody to Paris

Five people suspected of being involved in a network of trafficking of antiquities from unstable areas in the Near and Middle East and sold on the art market in

Trafficking of antiquities in the Middle East: five people in police custody to Paris

Five people suspected of being involved in a network of trafficking of antiquities from unstable areas in the Near and Middle East and sold on the art market in France have been placed in custody on Monday and Tuesday in Paris, has learned the AFP to several sources.

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These people, belonging to a network of professionals involving art dealers, experts and international museums, have been arrested in the framework of a judicial inquiry opened in February, according to these sources, judicial, and close the file, confirming information of RTL.

This traffic, estimated at several tens of million euros, was to resell on the market of the art, in particular via the auction house Pierre Bergé & Associés, antiques from countries such as Libya, Syria, Egypt, or Yemen, according to a source close to the folder.

Among the people arrested include the director of the auction house, one of its experts and a former curator of the Louvre. A preliminary investigation had been opened in July 2018 and assigned to the central Office for the fight against traffic in cultural goods (OCBC) and the central Office for the repression of the large financial delinquency (OCRGDF).

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