Monday, May 16, 2011

Interpol to publish photos of Egyptian artefacts missing post-revolution

Ahram Online (Nevine El-Aref)

The Interpol mission representative to Egypt, Stephen Tifaut and Egypt antiquities minister, Zahi Hawass, focus today on how to help find and return the 1228 missing objects from museums and archaeological sites in the aftermath of the January 25 Revolution.

Mohamed Abdel Maqsoud, the general supervisor of the minister’s office told Ahram Online that Interpol will publish photos of the missing objects in the international market, a measure that will help in recovering these objects. The rules governing the restitution of stolen objects are found in the 1970 UNESCO convention.

Interpol routinely follows-up with Egypt in its efforts to restituate missing objects and trace international antiquities traders, but this visit, according to Hawass, "is a security measure to help recover objects, if any were smuggled out of the country."

1 comment:

Patrick said...

This sounds very much like closing the stable door after the horse has bolted!