Tuesday, 8 May 2012

More artefacts to return to Egypt

After two years with Brussels Airport Customs Police, a collection of 80 artefacts that were stolen from Egypt and illegally smuggled out of the country is to arrive to Cairo.

The story started in April 2010 when Customs at Brussels Airport caught an Egyptian woman trying to smuggle 80 genuine objects concealed inside two large replica Egyptian statues.

The objects were confiscated by the Belgian police while Brussels National Museum verified their authenticity. According to routine, the museum referred the case to a Brussels court and Egypt succeeded in obtaining a court order that the artefacts be retrieved.

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