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Will Egypt manage to bring home all smuggled artifacts?

As part of their continuous efforts to retrieve Egypt's stolen, prized antiquities, Egyptian authorities announced on Dec. 20 the recovery of 36 artifacts that had been smuggled to Madrid.
Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid (L) presents Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (R) with stolen Egyptian artifacts that were smuggled to Israel, at Tahrir Palace in Cairo on Dec. 9, 2021.

CAIRO — Egypt's Public Prosecution announced on Dec. 20 that Egypt recovered 36 artifacts from Madrid that had been smuggled to Spain in 2014.

The Public Prosecution wrote in a Facebook post on Dec. 20 that the Egypt-Spain judicial cooperation to combat this type of transnational crime resulted in the recovery of artifacts. This is also “an implementation of the UN resolution that was issued based on a proposal submitted by the Egyptian Public Prosecution at the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime in October 2020. It is also an implementation of the Egyptian Public Prosecution's plan to have an international instrument for the recovery of looted Egyptian artifacts as part of the Egyptian state’s strategy to preserve its history and resources.”

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