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Costa Rica – Fight against illicit trafficking in cultural property (May 16, 2012)

On May 16, Mr. Jean-Paul Balzamo, Deputy Director responsible for the fight against fraud, controls policy and legal affairs and disputes, delivered, on behalf of the Directorate General of Customs, to Mr. Carlos Bonilla Sandoval, Costa Rica’s Ambassador to France, 6 archaeological items dating from the pre-Columbian era. These are ceramic objects in the form of animals or humans.

This cultural property was seized by Roissy customs agents, and then identified as archaeological items from Costa Rica. After completion of the necessary legal procedures, the Directorate General of Customs decided to return this cultural property to its country of origin.

The return of these archaeological items is another example of France’s wholehearted commitment to and our active international cooperation on the fight against illicit trafficking in cultural property and the trafficking of works of art.


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