The antiquities repatriation committee meets to investigate the trafficking of Egyptian objects at the Louvre – Museums – Antiquities

Shaaban Abdel-Gawad, supervisor general of the Antiquities Repatriation Department, said the committee discussed the ongoing investigation by French authorities into the former president of the Louvre museum in Paris.

Nearly two weeks ago, the former president was accused of conspiring to conceal the origin of Egyptian archaeological treasures that investigators suspect were expelled from the country during the 2011 Revolution, the AFP a French judicial source.

The committee noted that the government had been following the matter with French authorities since 2020, when the case was first brought before a French judge, adding that the government would continue to take all necessary procedures to recover any artifacts it had. is proven that he left the country. illegally.

He pointed out that Egypt has managed in recent years to recover 5,000 artifacts from the United States, 115 from France and 36 from Spain.

During the meeting, the committee also reviewed the preparations for the international conference entitled “Cairo for the Protection of Cultural Heritage: Global Measures to Disrupt Chains of Illicit Trafficking and Protect Cultural Property”, which Egypt will host in cooperation with the United Nations Office on Drugs. and Crime, UNESCO and ISESCO.

The committee is chaired by the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled El-Enany.

Other members include former Minister of Antiquities Zahi Hawass and representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Justice, Public Prosecutions and other relevant authorities.

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