|HSI Special Agent-in-Charge James Hayes with Indian idols seized last week.|
"The focus is always to return stolen property to its rightful owners," Hayes acknowledged, saying making criminal cases was desirable but challenging. "You have to have a legal basis to prove those items, and you have to prove certain things and that proves very difficult. We’re dealing with laws around the world, in foreign courts and different jurisdictions."HSI's chief added, "At the end of the day, our primary responsibility is to get stolen property back to its rightful owners."
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