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Israel accuses US man of antiquities trafficking

Israel accuses US man of antiquities trafficking

Israeli authorities have arrested a retired U.S. lecturer on suspicion of trafficking antiquities stolen from Israel.
The Israel Antiquities Authority says it suspects that John Lund, a 70-year-old tour guide, sold stolen antiquities to tour groups he led in Israel.
Lund was detained on Monday night at Israel's international airport as he was trying to leave the country.
The antiquities authority says he had stolen ancient coins in his possession and checks totaling more than $20,000 believed to be from the illegal sales of ancient coins, clay oil lamps, and glass and pottery vessels.
It says Lund was allowed to leave after posting a $7,500 bond meant to guarantee he will return to stand trial. It says formal charges are expected in the near future.


Updated : 2021-06-21 20:48 GMT+08:00