Argentine diplomat caught smuggling Persian relics
Wed, 30 Sep 2009 18:44:17 GMT
An Argentine diplomat has been caught red-handed, smuggling a considerable amount of Persian relics and ancient artifacts out of Iran.
According to an informed source at the Iranian Customs Administration, the artifacts included age-old manuscripts, a priceless collection of antique guns, as well as a whole set of ancient coins which dated back to the third and fourth century.
Packed in 318 cardboard boxes, the antique items reportedly weighed around 4,000 kg (8,818 lb).
“Security officials discovered the antique items after conducting a thorough inspection of the diplomat’s cargo,” noted the source.
This is not the first time that a foreign diplomat tries to smuggle Persian antiquities out of the country.
Earlier in March, the third secretary of the South Korean Embassy in Tehran was caught smuggling a priceless relic dating to the Achaemenid dynastic era out of Iran.
Customs officials in Shiraz Airport seized the remnant after they found it in the South Korean diplomat’s luggage during check-in. The envoy was later released due to his diplomatic immunity.
“Customs officials in Shiraz Airport found an Achaemenid relief depicting the top section of head of an Achaemenid soldier, weigh 2kg (4.4 lb) from Persepolis in the luggage of the 3rd secretary of the South Korean Embassy in Iran,” IRNA quoted Shiraz public and revolutionary prosecutor, Jaber Banshi, as saying.
“The relic has been delivered to the provincial cultural heritage office, but no cultural official has filed a complaint so far,” he added.