img_0681Yesterday, we wrote about four historical artifacts (including the gold coin pictured at left) looted from Syria that ISIL sold.

Today we are including links to the court documents that the government filed that spell out the legal arguments to claim any of the objects should they turn up. After you get through the legalese, there are some interesting details tucked away about how ISIL issues antiquities looting permits and collects a cut of the finds. Readers will also learn more about how a dispute between the state and merchants led to a kidnapping.

As a bonus, we’ve included a second file of exhibits and attachments in the case. This includes images of receipts and permits issued to diggers as well as a transcript of the hearing on the kidnapping. The exhibits come with English translations.

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