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15,000 Artefacts Seized from Smugglers


20 January 2007




LONDON, (CAIS) -- Commander of State Cultural Heritage Guards Unit (CHGU) has announced that more than 15,000 artefacts were confiscated from smugglers in the past 12 months.

State CHGU became operational following the increase in the smuggling of antiquities and illegal excavations in historical sites as well as the shortage of guards for safeguarding artifacts.

With the stationing of guards in vulnerable areas, which were excavated illegally, the unit managed to prevent the exit of over 15,000 items from the country.

In an interview with the Persian daily ’Tehran-e Emrouz’, head of the unit Brigadier General Abbasali Rouhi announced that some 91 international gangs have been dismantled, thus a decline in the rate of smuggling is in sight.

The gangs were identified at a time when just one year ago a number of glassware and stone works, which were illegally uncovered from Jiroft, Kerman province, were repatriated through constant efforts of the Iranian authorities and curator of the British Museum before they had the chance to sell them in an auction, he noted.

With the exposure of such smuggling cases, he added that Special Unit of Cultural Guards undertook serious steps to prevent the recurrence of such activities.

He further said that although the unit needs 8,000 trained forces, measures have been taken to employ only 4,000 personnel which is far below the required number.

Head of the State Cultural Heritage Guards Unit said that some 730 stations are required to offer full protection to all the sites while a total of 150 stations have so far been set up throughout the country. Given the current requirements, the number of the stations should increase to 207 by March, he concluded.




Extracted From/Source: Iran Daily

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