Turkey Police seize ‘Kadhafi’s Dagger’ in Istanbul
ANKARA, June 14, (APP): Turkey Police seize ‘Kadhafi’s Dagger’ in Istanbul
Turkish police have seized a jewel-encrusted ivory dagger said to have belonged to Libya's late leader Moamer Kadhafi and which was going to be sold for millions of dollars on the black market, Anadolu news agency reported.
Acting on a tip-off, the police raided a house of a businessman in the Esenyurt neighbourhood of Istanbul on the European side of the city and confiscated the artefact, the state-run agency said late Monday.
The dagger, studded with sapphires, emeralds and diamonds, was looted from Kadhafi's palace during the Libyan revolution, it added.
The suspect was detained while trying to sell it to the Saudi businessman for $10 million, it said.
Police detained two other accomplices, according to the agency. They were released pending trial.
Anadolu published an image of the seized artefact showing the finely-crafted dagger embossed with gold and jewels supported on a stand and flanked by two white lions.
Since Kadhafi's killing in 2011, Libya has descended into near-anarchy, ruled by rival militias vying for power while the Islamic State group has gained influence in the country.