Monday, May 16, 2011

Authorities arrest police officer for possessing artifacts

Al Masry Al Youm

A police officer and two others with three statues in their possession have been arrested.

A security source said they were apprehended on Wahat Road, in 6th of October City in Giza, when a police ambush stopped their car for inspection.

"The three artifacts are of the head of the pharaonic queen Nefertiti. One is 7cm long, and the other two measure 15cm. They are suspected to be antiquities," said the source.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The more that stolen Egyptian artifacts are reported to be turning up all over Egypt, the more desperate Zahi Hawass will be to see Egyptian artifacts returned from other countries. The vital question is however, with some Egyptian nationals stealing and plundering treasures so frequently, just how safe will returned artifacts be? One thing remains indisputable - most western national museums have allocated huge fundings to the security functions of their museums and storage. Also insurance coverage means all items are well documented and accounted for. Future returns of items to Egypt would make much more sense when the massive tourist incomes are directed to ensuring that all antiquities museums and storage magazines receive up to date security systems and priority is given to the safety of all objects and items.