Tuesday 15 April 2014

Mubarak Regime "Deeply Involved" in Antiquities Trafficking?

According to Peter Tompa ('Hanna: Mubarak Regime Involved in Antiquities Trafficking', CPO Tuesday, April 15, 2014) "In response to a question from the audience at yesterday's event at the Wilson Center, Dr. Monica Hanna stated unequivocally that the Mubarak Regime (her words) was deeply involved in antiquities trafficking":.
"Specifically, Hanna identified the former police chief of Cairo as a major smuggler". 
and who was buying these antiquities from the (reportedly) corrupt cop? Coins for example? Any ACCG dealers for example?

In his later account however a few more details imply that it was not so much the deposed regime itself involved, but officials appointed by it ('Monica Hanna: The Arab Spring and the State of Egyptian Antiquities' CPO Tuesday, April 15, 2014)  "she stated the Mubarak regime was certainly involved and that the Chief of Police for Cairo was arrested for running a smuggling ring". This may have been the bust in November 2003 in which a number of police officials were charged. In that case we know who in Europe and the USA had been buying those smuggled antiquities and facilitating the smuggling ring. 

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