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Egypt halts sale of artifacts in Canada

The Egypt State Information Service has announced that items presented for auction by a Canadian firm have been confiscated.

November 15, 2005

As reported online by the Egypt State Information Service:

"Egypt has managed to foil an attempt to sell 50 Pharaohnic artifacts at the Medousa auction in Canada, said Minister of Culture Farouq Hosni. Secretary of the National Council of Antiquities Dr. Zahi Hawwas said that the Council has been monitoring 43 auctions all over the world to trace Egyptian artifacts on sale there.

Hawwas said that the Prosecutor-General was notified and the Canadian authorities contacted in order to halt the sale and have the artifacts returned to Egypt. He said that the Canadian authorities have already taken measures to impound the pieces until Egypt sends a technical and judicial committee."

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