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5th Century Statue Turned Over to Greek Culture Min. by Police After Arrest

ATHENS — A finely made 5th century BC statue was turned over to the Ministry and Sports Culture by the Attica police on Friday, after being confiscated from a man trying to sell it.

As Attica Security Police chief Petros Dzeferis told Culture Ministry official Vassiliki Papageorgiou, citing a ministry description, the statue "is headless, portrays a seated young male, and is close to 37 cm tall."

He said it was found through close collaboration between the police section on antiquities and the ministry's directorate of cultural artifacts protection. Both he and Papageorgiou, head of the directorate, said the case was among a series of successful cases carried out through the collaboration.

The statue was found in the possession of a man who was arrested in the area of Corinth on March 17. He was trying to sell the statue for 100,000 euros. A case file was drawn up against him and he was led before the local public prosecutor.

 

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