U.S. Attorney Announces Return To Mongolia Of Looted Dinosaur Fossils

06 Apr 2016 11:55 AM | Anonymous

U.S. Attorney Announces Return To Mongolia Of Looted Dinosaur Fossils

Alioramus Skull, Nest of Eggs and Various Skeletons Among Fossils Being Repatriated

This afternoon, Robert L. Capers, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, will host a repatriation ceremony at which the United States will return to Mongolia the fossilized remains of six species of dinosaur.  The fossils were unlawfully removed from Mongolia and seized by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in New York and Utah. 

The largest of these fossils, an Alioramus skull, was forfeited to the United States as a result of a civil forfeiture action handled by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.  The other fossils being returned at today’s ceremony were administratively forfeited by ICE and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).   HSI Executive Associate Director of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Peter T. Edge and Mongolia’s Ambassador to the United States Altangerel Bulgaa will sign the ceremonial certificates transferring ownership of the fossils from the United States to Mongolia.  Mongolian paleontologist Dr. Bolortsetseg Minjin, and Director of the Institute for the Study of Mongolian Dinosaurs, will participate in the ceremony as a representative of the Mongolian Ministry of Education, Culture and Sciences.