Egypt probes legal measures against Christie's sale of smuggled antiquities
Tuesday، 09 July 2019 - 12:41 PM
The national committee for retrieving smuggled antiquities held a meeting on Monday 8/7/2019 to discuss legal measures against a British auction house, which sold some Egyptian artifacts in London last week.
The meeting was chaired by Antiquities Minister Khaled el Anani and attended by representatives of the foreign, interior and justice ministries.
The committee voiced deep resentment at this unprofessional behavior, saying that Christie's auction house failed to provide the documents proving the antiquities’ ownership.
It also criticized the British authorities for providing no support to halt the sale of the Egyptian artifacts, adding that it hired a British lawyer to file a lawsuit to restore the sold artifacts.
The panel said it looks forward to more cooperation with the British authorities to prevent the smuggling of the artifacts from Britain.