Looting and Laundering Art, Antiquities, and Financial Crimes

From The Antiquities Coalition, November 5, 2018. The Illicit Art Trade From plundering during the Crusades to Napoleon’s loot of Egypt, antiquities have long been symbols of worldliness and status. In today’s world, antiquities have become go-to investments for art consumers and market speculators. However, individuals with certain statuses, including those blacklisted and on sanctions…

TURKEY: Istanbul police carry out largest-ever stolen artifact seizure

From DAILY SABAH, published October 19, 2018. The Istanbul Police Department’s Anti-Smuggling Crime Branch teams carried out the biggest seizure of historical artifacts in the history of the republic, with raids across 12 Turkish provinces, recovering 14,000 historical pieces and bags full of foreign currency as well as Turkish lira. The operation was carried out…

Bulgaria: Оrganised crime group for trade in cultural artefacts dismantled

Sofia. Four persons have been charged with involvement in an organised crime group for illicit trade in cultural artefacts, it transpired at a press briefing in the Special Criminal Court today, Focus News Agency reports. Expert reports confirmed that the objects found are cultural artefacts of historical significance. The unique items are made of gold…

How Facebook Made It Easier Than Ever to Traffic Middle Eastern Antiquities

Article published at worldpoliticsreview.com on August 14, 2018. Written by Amr Al-Azm and Katie A. Paul The instability that followed the Arab uprisings of 2010 and 2011 has given rise to some of the most devastating conflicts the Middle East has ever seen. Syria and Iraq, in particular, have suffered from the dismantling of state infrastructure…

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…

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…