Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Australia returns artifacts to Egypt
"Australia has handed over to the Egyptian authorities several 2500-year-old antiquities at the centre of a smuggling racket. Police recovered the tomb artefacts as part of an investigation that has led to a prosecution in Egypt, a spokeswoman for the department of environment and heritage in Sydney said on Tuesday. The seven objects include small funerary statuettes (shabtis), a bronze axe head, a ceramic bowl and amulets".
"The Australian ambassador in Cairo, Robert Bowker, welcomed yesterday the fruitful cooperation between Egypt and his country, which helped bring back seven artifacts from Australia. He said that the move reflected his country's keenness on protecting world heritage, hailing the close ties between both countries. He said that Australia was the first country that responded to a verdict handed down by an Egyptian court in this respect". This is the complete item as posted on the Egyptian State Informatin Service

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