Belgium eliminates federal taskforce to fight trafficking in cultural property

18 Apr 2016 8:36 AM | Anonymous

Belgium eliminates federal taskforce to fight trafficking in cultural property

Interior minister says art and antiquities crime is ‘not considered a priority’

by Victoria Stapley-Brown  |  15 April 2016

As reported by the public broadcaster of Belgium’s French community rtbf, the Belgian government has quietly decided to eliminate the federal police unit dedicated to fighting illegal trafficking of cultural property, part of the central directorate against serious and organised crime. This has been seen as an alarming move by many in the preservation world, given the current international attention to Syrian antiquities trafficking and questions over security in the country. 

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