When Mr Robyns was on holiday with his family, while snorkelling off Turgutreis, on the Bodrum Peninsula he had found some coins and decided to take them home as a souvenir of his holiday.
While they were flying back to their home to Southwick, West Sussex, the Turkish officers at the Bodrum airport suspected of 12 coins he had in his bag. After examined the coins, they accused him of ‘finding Turkish artefacts without notifying authorities’ and detained him.
The coins are approximately 25 shipwrecks dating as far back as the fourth century and Mr Robyns did not realise that. He was completely unaware of committing an offence by taking the historical treasures out of the country without consent.
He was sentenced 13 years jail time by the court and spent six weeks in prison after being detained at Bodrum Airport on August 19.
During this time, LLI Team worked hard on arguing the Turkish Court to give a verdict of innocence.
Our lawyer Murat Yilmaz successfully argued in the last hearing of Mr Robyns ‘lacked criminal intent’ in taking the coins. Consequently, a release decision was obtained which was very good news for him and his family.
After a terrifying six-week ordeal, Mr Robyns flew back to UK on 3rd October, he is finally home safe and sound with his family.
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