An appeals court in Rome on Wednesday upheld the antiquities trafficking conviction of an Italian art dealer whose case led Italy to launch a global search for looted ancient artifacts.
Giacomo Medici was convicted of conspiracy to traffic in antiquities in 2004 and sentenced to a 10-year prison term. The appeals court in Rome upheld his conviction but reduced his sentence to eight years.
Medici, who denies any wrongdoing, said after the closed-doors hearing that he would appeal the ruling to Italy's highest court. He remains free pending the appeal.
In a 1995 raid on Medici's offices in Switzerland, police found a trove of artifacts and photos of antiquities, many still in pieces and covered with mud, which authorities later traced to museums and collectors worldwide.