Duo trying to sell fake antiques arrested.
The duo were trying to sell the EoACAyantiques', claiming that the artefacts, carved out of stone, dated back to 500 BC, said a statement issued by the police yesterday.
After receiving a tip-off that two people were trying to sell antiques worth millions, the police sent a decoy customer to them.
Showing the artefacts carved out of stone, the sellers demanded Dh4 million as a price for them.
After the decoy customer negotiated the price and agreed to Dh3.2 million, the police arrested the two men for illegal trading of antiques, Brig. Hamad Ahmad Al Hammadi, Director of Criminal Investigation Department in Abu Dhabi Police, said. The police seized the antiques. During interrogations, M.S.S., 55, revealed he worked as a cook and got the antiques from the belongings of a friend who left the UAE and later died.
M.S.S. said he contacted the wife of the deceased and promised her that he would sell the antiques and send her the money. His accomplice A.A.A., 44, a construction worker, said he was trying to help M.S.S. who promised him a commission.
The police took the antiques to the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) and its experts found that the antiques were fake.
The official said antiques are protected by international law .
Brig Al Hammadi said the UAE is committed to the international law which prohibits illegal trading of antiques.
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