Hundreds of looted icons recovered
TIRANA, Albania — Albanian police have seized more than 1,000 religious and secular pieces of art dating from the 15th to the mid-20th centuries that were stolen from churches and cultural centers in Albania and neighboring Macedonia.
Prime Minister Edi Rama, who began his career as an artist, inspected the works and praised police for recovering them.
The thefts involved 1,077 icons, frescoes and other pieces, and two men suspected of planning to sell them abroad were arrested, a police statement said on Wednesday.
After a four-month investigation, the works were found in two houses in the capital, Tirana, where the arrests took place late Tuesday. Officials did not provide an estimate of the items' value.
Culture Ministry spokeswoman Milena Selimi said the looted art was probably headed for sale in other Balkan countries or in Western Europe.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
- Putin sends air defense missiles to Syria to deter Turkey
- Russian pilot rescued by Syrian commando unit
- Turkey shoots down Russian jet it says violated its airspace
- Vatican puts 5 on trial for leaks
- Philippines reappraises hoard of Marcos jewelry
- Liberia has 1st Ebola death since being deemed free of disease in September
- Settlement spat surfaces as Kerry visits Jerusalem
- Tunisia put under state of emergency
- ISIS claims hotel attack in Egypt
- Official: Paris attacks organizer was planning more carnage
- Stability marks Merkel’s decade as German chancellor