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Iran’s New Raid Against Jiroft Smugglers Ordered

 

13 June 2005

 

 

A massive raid has been launched against leading smugglers of Jiroft artifacts by submission of the suspects’ pictures and legal documents to the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and the Interpol.

 

 

Iran has ordered for a massive raid against leading smugglers of Jiroft artifacts by submitting the suspects’ pictures and legal documents to the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and the Interpol.

The smugglers are targeted for both inside and outside Iran. Meanwhile, director of Jiroft Islamic Court has announced that illegal excavations at Jiroft historical site are now completely halted and the area is no safer for the looters.

The Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and the Interpol are now cooperating to arrest 10 gang leaders active in dealing and smuggling of Jiroft ancient artifacts inside and outside Iran.

Jiroft, located in the central province of Kerman, is so rich in its discovered and yet buried historical treasures that has been called the lost heaven of archaeologists. During the last three excavation seasons, Iranian and international experts have unearthed more than 180 ancient seal imprints and manuscript remains in the area. Yusef Majidzadeh, who heads the archaeology team there, believes that the formation of Jiroft civilization was contemporary to that of the Mesopotamia.

“With extensive cooperation of the Ministry of Intelligence, the Police forces, and the Islamic courthouse, we have identified 10 gang leaders active in dealing and smuggling ancient artifacts of Jiroft to the United Arab Emirates and England,” explained director of Jiroft court, Dadkhoda Salari, adding that they are now determined to arrest them.

With the expansion of illegal diggings in Jiroft ancient site and the increasing smuggling of its ancient artifacts outside Iran, serious attempts have been undertaken to fight against the looters and smugglers.

In the last two years, more than 100 legal cases of illegal excavations and smugglings have been examined in Jiroft court; seven key dealers and smugglers have been arrested in previous attempts and two of them who are aged between 25 and 30 are sentenced to death.

Some 120 pieces of the smuggled pieces have so far been returned to Iran and according to Salari, today there are no more reports of illegal work on the site, yet the fight against the powerful forces of illegal treasure hunters of Jiroft continues.

 

 

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