Monday, May 11, 2015

Back home, Switzerland: Smuggled artefacts to return to Egypt from Switzerland

A collection of 32 ancient Egyptian artifacts will be brought home from Switzerland in June.

A collection of 32 ancient Egyptian artifacts is to return back to Egypt in June after Egypt successfully asserted ownership of the objects. 

Ali Ahmed, director of antiquities repatriation, told Ahram Online that the objects included limestone and wooden statues as well as a collection of limestone blocks from chapels across different pharaonic periods.

The objects were seized by the Swiss police within the framework of a bilateral agreement between Egypt and Switzerland that prohibits the illegal import and export of cultural properties.

Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh Eldamaty said the objects are to be handed over to Egypt’s ambassador to Switzerland at the Federal Office for Culture in Bern during an event to mark tenth anniversary of the passage into Swiss law of a prohibition on illegal trade in cultural property.

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