Last Update 19:5
Saturday, 19 October 2019

Macedonia museum staff guilty of trafficking artefacts

AFP , Friday 20 Mar 2015
Views: 1520
Views: 1520

A former director of Macedonia's national museum and six other people have been found guilty of trafficking 162 ancient artefacts, a Macedonian court said Friday.

Pero Josifovski, who used to head the museum in the capital, Skopje, was jailed for seven years and eight months, while his accomplices -- five of whom were also museum staff -- received prison sentences ranging from one to seven years.

All seven accused were found guilty of stealing "cultural artefacts of great importance belonging to the state" and of "abuse of power", the court in Skopje said in a statement.

The stolen objects, which included 121 made of pure gold, date back to the classical era and stem from the famous archeological site of Isar Marvinci in Macedonia's southeast.

Macedonia's many archeological sites regularly face the threat of being plundered by thieves. The most affected sites are Isar Marvinci, Mariovo, Vrance and Cepigovo.

According to local media, around 20,000 religious and cultural artefacts -- some of which are worth hundreds of thousands of euros -- have been stolen in Macedonia over the last four years.

Short link:


Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.

© 2010 Ahram Online.