On the occasion of Police Day, last Monday the chargé d’affaires of the Libyan Embassy in Spain, Walid Bashir Abuabdalla, received from the Inspector General of the Police the White Star medal for Civil Merit at a ceremony held at the National Police Complex of Canillas in Madrid.
The award, which was also received by other diplomatic and security personalities both Spanish and foreign, “was the climax of the strong collaboration between the Embassy of Libya and the National Police in the fight against looting, pillage and trafficking of archaeological pieces of Libya and their subsequent sale on the international black market,” indicate from the Libyan embassy.
The cooperation between the two countries in the field of confiscation of contraband Libyan artefacts and antiquities, for subsequent sale on the European market, culminated in March last year with the arrest of several individuals in Barcelona. In the operation, the Police intervened mosaics, sarcophagus and Egyptian pieces that were in the possession of the detainees and that had been extracted from the Cyrenaica region (in the north of the country) as well as from archaeological sites in the vicinity of Tripoli. The profits from the sale of these antiquities, according to the National Police, were intended to finance the activities of DAESH.
The success of this operation, as stressed by the National Police Force, was forged in part due to “the support and collaboration of the Libyan Attorney General’s Office and the Libyan Embassy in Spain”.