Sunday, August 14, 2005

7 Convicted in Antiquities Smuggling Trial
"The former director of a national antiquities department was among three men sentenced to life in prison Saturday, after being convicted in a scam that smuggled thousands of antiquities out of Egypt. Abdel Karim Abu Shanab, who headed the government office that inspects the collections of antiquities traders, was accused of taking bribes and supplying smugglers with certificates that said genuine antiquities were fakes. Under Egyptian law, only fake antiquities can be exported. A total of 10 people were on trial in one of Egypt's biggest antiquity fraud cases. Three were acquitted".
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