Benken ZH: Smuggled antique samurai sword

A father and his daughter had not registered the 669-year-old katana – a Japanese long sword – when entering Thayngen SH, as the Federal Office for Customs and Border Security (BAZG) announced on Tuesday in its digital magazine Forum Z. In addition to the sword, an antique book, a contract, the sales invoice and other documents were also found in the car.

The investigation revealed that the driver was not the owner of the sword and other items. He received the order from the actual owner – his employer – to pick up the antique in Stuttgart (D) and deliver it to the client’s home. Other people were not involved in the smuggling.

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