An Egyptian antiquities' smuggling ring falls into police net

Nevine El-Aref , Saturday 10 Sep 2011

Tourism and Antiquities Police capture an antiquities' theft gang red handed while trying to sell their stolen goods

one of the stolen artefacts

On Friday night Tourism and Antiquities Police succeeded in arresting twelve antiquities thieves at the Upper Egyptian city of Meniya while they were engaged in selling 27 stolen artefacts.

The artefacts include metal and black granite ancient Egyptian statues and scarabs. An archaeological committee will inspect the collection in order to check upon its authenticity and identify the ancient Egyptian tombs from which the artefacts had been stolen.

The suspects had large sums of money and a car with Libyan plates. They said that they purchased the antiquities from tomb raiders in Meniya.

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