|The Recovered Statue|
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
News: Suspects arrested in case of stolen Memphis statue
They stand accused of having stolen a limestone statue of a sitting priest over 3,500 years old written by Nevine El-Aref.
The suspects included an archaeological inspector from the site, who stands accused of having stolen the statue from the warehouse, before replacing it with a replica, and illegally smuggling it to Brussels, the minister added.
The ministry managed to retrieve the statue and bring it back to Egypt a few months ago, the minister said.
The suspects are being held in custody pending investigations. Carved in limestone, the statue depicts a sitting priest and dates back to the Middle Kingdom, between about 2000 and 1700 BC.