Cases of the authorities preventing the selling or smuggling of Torah manuscripts and scrolls(such as this one in Turkey, as reported in Times of Israel) arise from time to time in the Arab or Muslim world. The Torah scrolls are invariably considered part of the national heritage, and not Jewish communal property. (With thanks: Lily)
Turkish security forces seized a Torah manuscript earlier this month
that is thought to be at least 700 years old and that was up for sale
for $1.9 million, Turkish media reported.
Police, acting on an tip, reportedly detained four antique
dealers after they tried to sell the manuscript to plainclothes
detectives in Turkey’s southern Mugla province.
Three of them were released to house arrest and one remained behind bars.