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Counterfeit Trade Linked to Terrorist Networks, Experts Say

A risk assessment agency in Hong Kong says counterfeit goods sold at high margins in Southeast Asia and the rest of the world can be traced to terrorist groups like Jemaah Islamiyah, Islamic extremists linked to the al-Qaida terror network. Money made selling fake or copied DVD’s, designer bags, and brand-name cigarettes can end up in the hands of terrorists. The Hong Kong risk assessment firm Hill and Associates says counterfeit products not only damage corporate sales and tarnish brand names, the illegal trade also threatens regional security. Full Story

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