HSI takes custody of Tyrannosaurus dinosaur skeleton looted from Mongolia

22 Jun 2012 4:16 PM | Anonymous
 

HSI takes custody of Tyrannosaurus dinosaur skeleton looted from Mongolia

HSI takes custody of Tyrannosaurus dinosaur skeleton looted from Mongolia

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NEW YORK undefined The nearly complete skeleton of a dinosaur was forfeited today to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents. This action stems from an investigation by HSI and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York.

The skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Bataar dinosaur (the Tyrannosaurus Bataar Skeleton) was looted from the Gobi Desert in Mongolia. This forfeiture is the first step to the hopeful repatriation of the fossil to Mongolia.

"I thank and applaud the United States Attorney's Office in this action to recover the Tyrannosaurus Bataar, an important piece of the cultural heritage of the Mongolian people," said Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, president of Mongolia. "Cultural looting and profiteering cannot be tolerated anywhere and this cooperation between our governments is a large step forward to stopping it."

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