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August 7, 2018

Buying or Selling Antiquities Can Assist Terrorism

John Byrne
We are pleased to share this post by John Byrne. Mr. Byrne serves as Vice Chairman of AML RightSource. He is an internationally known regulatory and legislative attorney with more than 30 years of experience in banking and financial crimes. Mr. Byrne has particular expertise in all aspects of regulatory management, anti-money laundering (AML) issues and has served in leadership positions at trade associations, financial services industry groups, and government working groups. Mr. Byrne earned his undergraduate degree at Marquette University and his juris doctor at George Mason University School of Law.

After so many years of following the AML community and being a part of that great group, it is hard to surprise me on ways in which illicit funds can move to support a wide array of financial crime. So when invited to a recent roundtable discussion on yet another method for criminals to take advantage of, I was curious and wanted to learn more.

A joint program by the Antiquities Coalition and the Middle East Institute heard from Brigadier General Fabrizio Parrulli from the “Carabinieri Commander for the Protection of Cultural Heritage” on their efforts to, among other things, “identifying perpetrators of crimes against the cultural heritage, i.e., theft, receiving stolen property, unauthorized archaeological research, counterfeiting and forging, etc. and at recovering unlawfully removed goods.”

This Italian based law enforcement entity works far beyond their own borders and engage with Interpol, Europol and provide training to law enforcement in Iraq, Kosovo and many countries that seek their assistance.

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