Stolen archeological values are restituted to Egypt

Collection of archeological finds. Ma’adi Museum, Egypt

US authorities restituted a number of stolen archaeological values to Egypt which had been illegally exported from the country by the officer of the American armed forces. The ceremony of transfer of ancient relics was held in New York on December 3, under the assistance of the ambassador of Egypt Hussein Mubarak. About 100 archeological finds including some small vases dated 3600 BC were stolen from Ma’adi Museum in September, 2002 and taken out from the country. The officer of armed forces of the USA Edward George Johnson who at that time served in Cairo was accused guilty during the investigation. The details of the crime are not revealed. There is only the information that in January, 2003 Johnson contacted the art dealer and sold him about 80 objects for $20 000 having told that the collection was from his grandfather who worked in Egypt in 1920-1930. Later sold objects were exported worldwide. Many of them were found out in galleries of Manhattan, London, Zurich and Montreal.

Johnson was arrested in Alabama in February, 2008 and accused of contraband and sale of stolen antiques. In July of this year he accepted his fault and was sentenced to 18 months of the conditional sentence.

Published in: on January 29, 2009 at 1:33 am  Leave a Comment  

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