Crackdown on trade in looted Iraqi artifacts

The government has launched a crackdown against individuals and organised gangs who are trading in looted Iraqi antiques.

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Ian Kehoe

15th April, 2006

The government has launched a crackdown against individuals and organised gangs who are trading in looted Iraqi antiques.

New regulations have been enacted that ban the import, export and dealing in any cultural items that were illegally removed from Iraq after August 1990.

Micheal Martin, the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, signed the regulations into effect late last month, bringing Ireland into line with the rest of the European Union.

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