UK: The British Museum’s ‘Looting’ Problem

By Josephine Livingstone, from The New Republic, August 14, 2018 This weekend, headlines across the internet announced that the British Museum was to “return looted antiquities to Iraq.” Eight tiny artifacts, some of them 5,000 years old, were handed to Iraqi officials in a ceremony on Friday, to be transported to the National Museum of…

Buying or Selling Antiquities Can Assist Terrorism

A worth to read article by John Byrne, published July 20, 2018, at the AML-Homepage. (AML is the leading firm solely focused on Anti-Money laundering (AML) and Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and financial crimes compliance solution). After so many years of following the AML community and being a part of that great group, it is hard…

GREECE: Verdict on the Schinoussa case & intimidation of witness

On July 26, 2018, the 3-Member Appeal Penal Court of Athens gave its verdict on the Schinoussa case, in which Dr. Christos Tsirogiannis has been one of the main witnesses for the Greek State against the Papadimitriou family (heir of the dealer Christos Michaelides, partner of Robin Symes, antiquities dealers). According to an email from…

ITALY: Alexander the Great returns

Written by Ali Tyler, July 30, 2018. From the Antiquities Coalition Following a string of successful repatriations, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office announced it is seeking the return of a marble head of Alexander the Great to Italy. The head, valued at around $150,000, depicts Alexander as the sun god Helios. Before entering into the…

Artefacts worth €40m recovered in raids across Europe

By John Phillips (Rome) and Justin Huggler (Berlin) for the Telegraph, July 4, 2018. Police have arrested an international ring of traffickers alleged to have smuggled thousands of stolen Sicilian archaeological treasures worth more than £30 million to collectors and auction houses across Europe. A British art dealer and 20 Italians have been arrested, along…