Security director warns against ‘financing terrorism’

In an interview with the Sonntagszeitung on Sunday, Geneva’s security minister Pierre Maudet called for increased vigilance in keeping stolen Islamic State art out of Geneva’s free port warehouses. “We have a large warehouse in Geneva, and 40 percent of the area is dedicated to storing art and antiques,” Maudet told the German-language newspaper, referring to the city’s famously vast facilities for the duty- and tax-free storage of valuables. “We must ensure there is no stolen Islamic State art from Syria, for example from Palmyra, temporarily stored there. This is about the financing of terror.” On Friday, the Swiss government announced the creation of 86 new posts dedicated to fighting terrorism. Maudet applauded the move, but warned that increasing staff numbers isn’t enough. “We need better coordination and cooperation,” he said. “We must discuss this, especially in Switzerland, where the antiques market is relatively large.” The city of Geneva has been on …

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