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Five arrested for smuggling ancient holy books in Sulaimani

  2021-06-28  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Five people are arrested and many antiquities including two book in Sulaimani, Kurdistan Region, Iraq, June 17, 2021. Photo by Sulaimani Asayish General Directorate
 Zhyan News Network


SULAIMANI – Sulaimani Asayish Directorate said on Monday (June 28) that the security forces apprehended a ring of five traffickers who had intended to smuggle  two ancient holy religious books out of Iraq through Sulaimani governorate. 

The history of the religious books, a Torah and a Bible written in Gold ink and covered in animal skins, dates back to thousands of years and priced at ten thousands US dollars, the Asayish said in a statement, adding that they were smuggled into Sulaimani from central and southern Iraq that were bound abroad, 

They were detained on June 17 in accordance with article 60 of the Iraqi antiquities law.

On Friday, four suspects were captured by  the security forces in Baghdad for stealing an archaeological holy book, Star of David, after they were lured by the security detachments into purchasing the ancient holy book for one billion US dollars. 

Iraq’s antiquities were come under pillages and vandalism after the toppling of the former Iraqi regime in 2003, but the worse time was when Islamic State (ISIS) militant group occupied a large swathe of lands in northern and central Iraq in 2014.

The militant group demolished several archaeological sites and antiquities and sold thousands of others in the global black markets

In October 2020, a data provided by the Federal Supreme Court indicates that the ISIS collected over $30 million from selling Iraqi antiquities. 

Iraq has recovered several antiquities from Lebanon, UK, Saudi Arabia, Norway and Netherlands. 

(Zhyan English)