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Egypt takes legal steps to retrieve missing antiquities
www.chinaview.cn 2005-10-11 18:20:58

    CAIRO, Oct.11 (Xinhuanet) -- Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) is taking legal steps to retrieve some antiquities to be sold at auctions in the world, the Egyptian Gazette daily reported Tuesday.

    SCA Secretary General Zahi Hawas said 13 websites were advertising Egyptian antiquities for sale at auction this month, while the total for July was 22 websites.

    SCA's Archaeological Department has collected all brochures of these auction halls and forwarded them to Public Funds Prosecution, said Hawas.

    He added that a SCA committee has carefully compared the antiquities in the brochures with photos of Egypt's missingantiquities.

    "Some of the missing items belong to an Egyptian trader, while others has gone missing from the museum at Cairo University's Faculty of Archaeology and the storehouse of the university's Faculty of Arts, as well as from an archaeological area at Marina in Egypt's North Coast" he said.

    The committee has identified the items up for auction as antiquities that have gone missing from Egypt. Enditem

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