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36 arrested by police in Sulaimani for trafficking antiquities, human organs

Director of the Communication and Relations Department at the Sulaimani Police Directorate Sarkawt Ahmad speaks to reporters at a news conference on Monday, September 16, 2019. (Photo Credit: Sulaymanya Police Facebook page)
2019-09-16

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SULAIMANI – The Sulaimani Police Directorate announced on Monday (September 16) that it has recently arrested 36 people on a range of charges, including trafficking antiquities and human organs.

During a press conference, Director of the Communication and Relations Department at the Sulaimani Police Directorate Sarkawt Ahmad said that they had arrested a group of five suspects for stealing antiquities from an archaeological site in the governorate.

“A criminal, who is a resident of Sulaimani, sent several videos to an Iranian national so that they would come and look at [the site] and remove its antiquities,” Ahmad said.

“The Iranian, who is an expert in antiquities and archaeology, hired three other people to help him,” Ahmad said.

“All the criminals were arrested by the police forces at the site where they were working. Now they are being detained in accordance with Article 63 of the Archaeology Law.”

Separately, five suspects were arrested in Sulaimani city for trafficking human organs after a police investigation, according to the statement.

Two people were arrested for violent crimes, including one who was arrested for allegedly killing a member of the police on the Sulaimani-Kirkuk road.

“He is now in custody and the investigation is ongoing,” Ahmad continued.

Another suspect was arrested for allegedly shooting and paralyzing someone.

“21 men and 3 women were arrested for crimes ranging from stealing money worth 4,500 [Iraqi dinars], stealing mobiles and purses in the markets, stealing building materials, faking contracts, dealing in counterfeit currencies, hacking people’s social media accounts, and stealing a motorcycle,” Ahmad said.

(NRT Digital Media)