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US Ratifies Cultural Property and Terrorism Agreement with Azerbaijan

June 21, 2013

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The package of documents includes the intergovernmental agreements on combating the legalization (laundering) of proceeds from crime and terrorism financing, on cooperation in the fight against illicit traffic of cultural properties and ensuring their return and on cooperation in combating the illicit manufacturing of and trafficking in firearms, ammunition, explosives and explosive devices. This is […]

Syrian Artifacts Seized

February 14, 2013

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In early February, the Public Security Department (“PSD”) reported that police seized a large stock of antiquities from an Arab National. Police believe that the antiquities were originally smuggled from Syria. The recovery occurred after police officers received a tip that the antiquities were being housed in a Ramtha apartment. According to PSD Spokesperson Lt. […]

Honduras to Enact Minimum Sentences for Cultural Heritage Crimes

February 4, 2013

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Those who are convicted of committing crimes against cultural heritage in Honduras will soon be facing a mandatory sentencing scheme. The Honduran Congress is expected to establish mandatory sentences, which will be the first of their kind, in 2013. According to authorities, there have been 304 cases of cultural property theft in Honduras from 2001 […]

Relics Endangered in Pakistani Police Raid

September 11, 2012

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Last July, police in the Pakistani coastal village of Ibrahim Haideri confiscated a container holding tons of Buddha statues and other artifacts. After making the initial confiscation, a police raid at the Korangi turned up more relics, in total 395. Although the artifacts were removed from a fate of illicit export and trade, a recent […]

Ancient Roman and Byzantine Coin Hoard Seized in Lesovo

August 31, 2012

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The National Customs Agency in Bulgaria seized 488 artifacts which were being trafficked across the border at Lesovo. Authorities report that customs officials decided to search a Jeep being driving by a 43-year-old Bulgarian national, even though there was nothing particularly suspicious about their behavior. The driver and his passenger said they had nothing to […]

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