Thursday, 19 May 2011

US lecturer accused trafficking of antiquities named

The Israel Antiquities Authority has named the retired US lecturer arrested on suspicion of trafficking antiquities as John Lund, a 70-year-old tour guide from Utah, according to Fox News.

Mr Lund was allowed to leave Israel after posting a $7,500 bond meant to guarantee he will return to stand trial, said Shai Bar Tura, deputy director of the authority's theft prevention unit.

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports: "Mr Lund is an expert on Egyptian history, is the author of How to Hug a Porcupine: Dealing With Toxic and Difficult to Love Personalities, and, according to his web site, has lectured in history as an adjunct faculty member at universities in California, Idaho, Utah, and Washington."

Mr Lund has categorically denied that he had trafficked in any stolen antiquities or attempted to smuggle any items out of the country. "I’m not trying to smuggle anything," he told the Chronicle of Higher Education.

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