Archaeologist Pasko Kuzman -- the chief excavator of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) -- has been arrested in connection with an investigation into the smuggling of antiquities, the Balkan Insight website reports today (July 16, 2013).
Police arrested the head of Macedonia's Cultural Heritage Protection Office yesterday on misuse of office charges. Kuzman was taken in handcuffs to a courthouse in Skopje, the capital of FYROM.
Kuzman is being questioned for his alleged involvement in an ongoing investigation into the smuggling of valuable icons and archaeological artifacts.
Several archaeologists, employees of the culture ministry, and illegal excavators have already been charged with involvement in the case. The archaeologists are accused of helping the illegal excavators to determine the price of their artifacts and to find buyers outside of Macedonia.