Turkish police seized a cache of unprocessed rough diamonds, including a 61.38-carat piece with an estimated market value of $1 million, during a raid yesterday in Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, after receiving a tip-off about the presence of smuggled diamonds in the historic bazaar. Following an investigation involving several undercover police officers, 4 people of Syrian nationality were arrested. As reported by the Turkish press, the diamond had been brought into the country illegally from Africa. This is one of the largest diamond seizures in Turkish history.
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As a history lover, Pablo was captivated by Turkey from the first day he visited it in 2006: he got married there, has a house there… and has since become an expert on Turkey’s current affairs. With a long experience in media, he has been at the helm of hispanatolia.com since 2011, and now also of anatoliatoday.com