Palmyra antiquities seized at Geneva Free Port

THE ART NEWSPAPER | Hannah McGivern:

Swiss authorities have seized nine antiquities looted from Palmyra and ancient sites in Libya and Yemen at the Geneva Free Port. The artefacts, which range from the fourth century BC to the third century AD, were deposited at the secretive tax-free warehouses between 2009 and 2010, the Geneva public prosecutor said in a statement on 2 December. They were discovered during a customs inspection in 2013 and confirmed as authentic by culture authorities in Bern last year. A criminal investigation, opened in March and concluded on 22 November, has not resulted in a conviction… Read more

Image: This bust of a priest from Palmyra was found at the Geneva Free Port (Image: © Ministère public genevois)