Italy Returns Trafficked Valuable Artifacts to Bulgaria

Culture | February 5, 2014, Wednesday // 14:15|  views

A large collection of illegally trafficked valuable historical artifacts has been seized and returned to Bulgaria by Italian law enforcement agencies.

The news was broken by Bulgarian National Museum of History director Bozhidar Dimitrov, who did not reveal the nature and value of the artifacts.

Dimitrov attended an official return ceremony at the Bulgarian embassy in Rome, hosted by ambassador and former Bulgarian caretaker PM Marin Raykov.

The valuables were seized by Italian law enforcement agencies in cooperation with Bulgaria's State Agency for National Security (DANS).

Both the Bulgarian and Italian sides underscored their satisfaction at their good joint work in the interception of trafficked culture and historical artifacts, said Dimitrov.

The returned valuables will be presented at a press conference at the National Museum of History in Sofia in the coming days, added he.

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