Purported Picasso painting seized in Diyarbakır
DİYARBAKIR – Anadolu Agency
Acting on a tip-off that three suspects were searching for a buyer to sell a historic painting, the Diyarbakır Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office launched an anti-smuggling operation in the central Yenişehir district, the office said in a statement.
The suspects were caught on the act by the gendarmerie forces, it added.
“During legal searches on people and their workplaces, the painting of a naked man and woman depicted on a papyrus paper was seized,” the office said.
The statement also said five suspects, including the three trying to sell the painting, were arrested, while the art work was taken under protection.