Woman Arrested for Smuggling Coins INTO Cyprus

Posted on February 17, 2012


Syrian officials have detained a Cypriot woman on suspicions of illegally smuggling ancient coins. The woman was arrested at a Syrian airport on February 4. Her brother informed the Cypriot embassy and they attempted to meet with her. However, when they arrived at the woman’s holding cell, she had already been moved.

The woman is married to a Syrian national and they permanently live in Cyprus. They say they were traveling to Syria for medical purposes and leisure. The large quantity of coins alerted airport officials.

Cyprus has long been an apparent victim of coin smuggling — but in most every newsworthy instance entails coins leaving the country, not coming in. The embassy can offer the woman assistance in finding a lawyer but will not interfere with legal proceedings.

Read the full article Cypriot woman arrested in Syria.

Thanks to Kristina Bauer for her assistance with this post.