Study Details Sophisticated Temple-Looting Ring

19 Jun 2014 8:03 AM | Anonymous
Study Details Sophisticated Temple-Looting Ring
By Michelle Vachon | June 18, 2014

Often thought to have been a loosely structured smuggling operation, the looting of Cambodia’s Angkorian temples up until the early 2000s was in fact conducted by a highly sophisticated network headed by military officers, according to research published this month in the British Journal of Criminology.

The result of years of fieldwork and research by two attorneys from the Scottish Center for Crime and Justice Research assisted by a Cambodian field researcher, the report “Temple Looting in Cambodia” outlines a carefully controlled system in which whole walls of Angkorian monuments were cut off and carted away by men answering to two military officers based in Serei Saophoan City.

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