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11 Egyptians, one American on trial for smuggling antiquities to the US

The Egyptian judicial authorities will soon begin the trial of 12 defendants accused of smuggling antiquities to the United States, amid repeated calls to follow up on stolen artifacts that are found abroad.
One of the artifacts recovered from the United States are seen in this undated photo.

CAIRO — The Cairo Court of Appeal has set Nov. 6 as the first trial session for 12 defendants — 11 Egyptians and one American — charged with smuggling hundreds of Egyptian artifacts to the United States, the state-run Dar el-Hilal news agency reported Oct. 18.

The Cairo Court of Appeal charged Oct. 18 an American and 11 Egyptians with felonies, accusing them of smuggling 586 artifacts, some dating back 4,000 years. In February, the JFK International Airport authorities had arrested the American citizen, who is of Egyptian origin, after finding in his possession the artifacts stashed in three bags when he arrived in New York.

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