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Cairo court orders formation of committee to examine hundreds of ancient movables at Zamalek apartment

The technical committee has written a report indicating that 1,204 ancient Egyptian and Islamic pieces, as well as 787 belongings of the Mohamed Ali Dynasty, are among the movables of the apartment

MENA , Sunday 13 Jun 2021
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A Cairo court Sunday decided to form a technical committee of the Supreme Council of Antiquities and the Ministry of Culture to examine movables from an apartment and a shop in a building in the cosmopolitan neighbourhood of Zamalek.

Located on 20 Mansour Mohamed St., the apartment and the shop had been sequestrated and placed under supervision of the prosecution. 

A legal committee that oversaw the implementation of a final verdict in an inheritance lawsuit had detected huge amounts of ancient and historical movables, as well as jewelry, inside the apartment and shop. 

Those should be examined by specialists, the court said Sunday. 

The defence team representing the litigant against whom the lawsuit was filed had submitted documents proving his client's ownership of the apartment and its contents. 

The legal committee took necessary measures to secure the apartment by sealing all windows and the door and installing cameras everywhere inside and outside the apartment. 

Also a metal detector machine was placed outside the apartment, with a police force monitoring the situation around the clock. 

The technical committee has written a report indicating that 1,204 ancient Egyptian and Islamic pieces, as well as 787 belongings of the Mohamed Ali Dynasty, are among the movables of the apartment. 

Those had been attained from auctions that are regularly held under the supervision of the Ministry of Antiquities to sell retrieved pieces that had been smuggled out of Egypt.

The technical committee has already examined 216 paintings; 103 of which are of great historical and financial value and could very well be showcased at museums and 10 could be displayed at the Egyptian National Library and Archives.

A Colt Cobra and some ammunition, as well as sums of money of different currencies, were also found inside the apartment. 

The litigant and his father against whom the lawsuit was filed have proven that they have an antique possession license, but do not have legal permission to attain belongings of the Mohamed Ali Dynasty.

They are also not licensed to possess any firearms. 

The apartment is now under the supervision of the prosecution.

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