Stolen Ottoman-era artifacts recovered in Istanbul

Police seize historic artifacts from Ottoman era worth millions of dollars in a sting on a residence in Istanbul

Ersin Çelik
10:33 - 8/06/2016 Çarşamba
Update: 08:37 - 8/06/2016 Çarşamba
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Dozens of historic artifacts, worth an estimated 20 million dollars, have been seized by Turkish police during an undercover sting on a residence in Ataşehir region of Turkish province of Istanbul.

The operation was held by the anti-smuggling and organized crime department of the Istanbul police office on a tipoff.

Posing as buyers, the policemen arranged a meeting so that they could seize the smugglers.

They were acting on a notice that the smugglers intended to sell artifacts to rich Arabs, according to the Turkish daily Habertürk newspaper.

During the operation police seized paintings, a reading desk and calligraphy plaques.

Eighteen of the total paintings seized were discovered to be by Nazmi Ziya Güran, a 20th century painter, and various Armenian and Greek painters after examination by the authorities.

The smuggling suspect was detained and taken to a police station.

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