Albanian police confiscates over 100 stolen Icons

Tirana, October 10, 2013

The police in Tirana, Albania, have confiscated over 100 icons and other works of art that had been stolen from Orthodox churches all over the country, and arrested two members of a band of smugglers.

A police representative said that the stolen things had been intended for selling abroad, reports Romphea.

Those arrested are two men, aged 39 and 52 years old, from the towns of Pogradec and Korce respectively, both having previous convictions for similar crimes.

Church robberies in Albania are wide-spread. Representatives of Orthodox communities are expressing their concern that those guilty are almost never found and punished.


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