Sunday, June 17, 2007

Egypt verify artefacts seized by Police in San Francisco

The El Masla website reports an Egyptian delegation will carry out a number of procedures to determine whether certain artefacts were taken out of Egypt illegally. Secretary General of the Supreme Council for Antiquities Dr. Zahi Hawas stated that he received a letter from the Egyptian embassy in Washington informeing him that the American Security Bodies in San Francisco had contacted Egypt concerning a collection of rare pharaonic pieces offered for auction. Zahi Hawas has confirmed that if the pieces were removed from Egypt illegally, Egypt will demand that the American authorities return them to Egypt trough diplomatic means.

The article says that (as usual), legal action, witholding archeaological rights and other sanctions are being bandied around in the event that the U.S. don't offer immediate co-operation with Egypt's demands.

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