Saturday, January 11, 2014

BACK HOME: Eight stolen wooden ornaments to be retrieved from Denmark


The Danish court has issued a final ruling on Egypt’s right to recover eight wooden shims, decorative elements that belong to the Islamic Era. The wooden shims were stolen in 2008 from the body of a wooden pulpit in the Ganan al-Bahlawan Mosque (1429 CE) in the Al-Darb Al-Ahmar area. The Danish police managed to find the historical wooden decorations inside a package sent from the US to Switzerland through Denmark.

Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim, Minister of State for Antiquities, received notification from the Egyptian Embassy in Copenhagen that a package which included the stolen shims was found. Ibrahim stated that the ministry is following all legal procedures required to retrieve the stolen pieces and installing them in their former place.

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