22 Nov, 2010 @ 09:00
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Smuggling bust after Christie’s auction

AN international smuggling ring has been smashed after a plundered Arab statue was auctioned at Christie’s of London.

Police swooped to arrest four people after the ornate column base – which was stolen from Medina Azahara, near Cordoba – was sold for 150,000 euros.

The ring was also linked to a number of other thefts from around the region.

The treasures recovered dated from the first to fifth centuries and included Roman mosaics, Neolithic axes and Arabic coins.

An Interpol-coordinated swoop saw the arrest of a Belgian antique expert, in Marbella, who authenticated the stolen artifacts before passing them abroad.

Three other dealers were arrested in Aguilar de la Frontera and Ronda.

Jon Clarke (Publisher & Editor)

Jon Clarke is a Londoner who worked at the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday as an investigative journalist before moving permanently to Spain in 2003 where he helped set up the Olive Press. He is the author of three books; Costa Killer, Dining Secrets of Andalucia and My Search for Madeleine.

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