Gold-Covered Torahs Among Historical Artefacts Seized During Anti-Smuggling Operation

Turkish cops have recovered two gold-covered Torahs, the Jewish holy book, which had been inscribed on animal skin after busting a historical artefact smuggling gang.

The two holy books were among a number of artefacts seized by the gendarmerie in the coordinated operation against the smugglers

Edirne Provincial Gendarmerie Command teams said the arrests and the seizure of the items were a combination of a three-month technical and physical surveillance against historical artefact smugglers in the Turkish provinces of Edirne, Balikesir, Canakkale, Kirklareli, Tekirdag and Kayseri.

After meticulous work, many historical artefacts were seized in the operation held in six provinces, including the base province of the operation, Edirne.

Photographs and videos of the historical artefacts seized during the operation on 2nd April were shared on social media by the Edirne Governorship.

In the images, two gold embellished Torahs inscribed on animal skin, many historical artefacts, an unlicensed gun belonging to smugglers, and many telephones can be seen.

It is not yet known how old the seized historical artefacts are. The market values of the historical artefacts will also be revealed after they have been assessed.

Credit: Edirne Valiligi/Newsflash
Some of the historical artefacts seized in the operation organized against historical artefacts smugglers in Edirne, Turkey on 2nd April 2021.

A total of 16 historical artefacts smugglers were caught in the operations. The historical artefact smugglers, whose names were not disclosed, were detained by the Gendarmerie teams.

A judicial investigation was initiated against the 16 smugglers who were detained for the crime of “Opposition to the Law on the Protection of Cultural and Natural Heritage”.

Images shared on social media were liked and shared by many netizens.

A Twitter user named ‘Ali Riza’ wrote: “Our country’s lands are really rich in historical artefacts.”

An Instagram user named ‘Girgin Ada’ wrote: “Congratulations. You are really working hard on the preservation of historical artefacts.”

Credit: Edirne Valiligi/Newsflash
Some of the historical artefacts seized in the operation organized against historical artefacts smugglers in Edirne, Turkey on 2nd April 2021.

To find out more about the author, editor or agency that supplied this story – please click below.
Story By: Feza Uzay, Sub-Editor: Joe Golder, Agency:  Newsflash

The Ananova page is created by and dedicated to professional, independent freelance journalists. It is a place for us to showcase our work. When our news is sold to our media partners, we will include the link here.

Signup to our Newsletter

close

Signup to our Newsletter