September 16, 2010 / 7:24 PM / 8 years ago

Greeks find human skulls in luggage of U.S. tourists

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek police charged two U.S. tourists with desecrating the dead on Thursday after they found six human skulls in their hand luggage at Athens international airport, a police official said.

“The skulls were found in a scanner check during a stop-over in Athens on their way back to the United States,” said a police official who requested anonymity. “The coroner confirmed they were human skulls.”

The two young tourists said they had bought the skulls in a souvenir shop on the island of Mykonos and believed they were fake, the official said, adding they had been released pending trial.

Reporting by Tatiana Fragou, writing by Ingrid Melander; Editing by Paul Casciato

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