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Greek looters receive life sentences

Two men convicted of dealing in ancient treasures, which were illegally excavated from a cemetery in northern Greece, have each received life sentences in jail.

The court in the northern city of Thessaloniki jailed two more men for 20 and 16 years, respectively, after finding them guilty of digging up and transporting the antiquities.

The severity of Friday’s sentences was due to the high market value of the loot — more than 70 artifacts from the 6th century B.C.

These included gold masks, four helmets, a glass perfume bottle, small clay statues, part of a gold diadem and parts of an iron sword decorated with gold leaf.

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Story: AP

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