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Suspect arrested while trying to sell artefacts — PSD

By Rana Husseini - Feb 07,2014 - Last updated at Feb 07,2014

AMMAN — Police and Department of Antiquities (DoA) officials on Thursday announced the arrest of a man in Amman who reportedly attempted to sell a statue and other ancient artefacts believed to belong to the Roman and Byzantine periods.

The suspect was allegedly in possession of an ancient statue and other ancient relics that he planned to sell to others, according to a statement issued by the Public Security Department (PSD).

“The police received a tip that the suspect was looking for a buyer and arrested him while he was in his car where they found the statue,” the statement said.

Upon searching his house, they found more ancient artefacts, the PSD said, adding that they are investigating the source of the artefacts.

DoA Director General Monther Jamhawi said an expert was dispatched to examine the items.

“We sent an expert to examine the statue and the other pieces to determine if they are authentic,” Jamhawi told The Jordan Times.

The DoA official added that the department is waiting for the conclusion of the investigation to obtain the items and register them.

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