US returns antiquities to Egypt

Authorities in New York introduced Wednesday the return of 16 antiquities to Egypt, together with 5 works that have been seized from the Metropolitan Museum of Artwork as a part of a probe into worldwide artwork trafficking. Manhattan District Legal professional Alvin Bragg mentioned the 16 works have been value greater than $16 million. He spoke a day after saying the same return of 58 artworks to Italy. “As we speak’s repatriation exhibits the breadth and prevalence of antiquities trafficking networks,” Bragg mentioned in an announcement.

9 of the items had been within the possession of Michael Steinhardt, whom Bragg described as one of many world’s largest collectors of historical artwork. In 2021, Steinhardt was pressured by US authorities to return 180 stolen historical artworks value a complete of $70 million. Beneath that deal he averted going to jail however was banned for all times from buying antiquities within the authorized market.

5 different items have been seized in Might and June from the Met, value $3.1 million, as a part of a probe carried out by US and French authorities and underneath which former Louvre director Jean-Luc Martinez was charged in France. These 5 items had been looted from archeological websites in Egypt, smuggled by way of Germany or the Netherlands to France, and bought by the Paris-based Pierre Berge & Associes to the Met, Bragg mentioned. “The data developed and shared by the Manhattan DA’s workplace with law-enforcement companies world wide associated to this investigation has led to the indictment or arrest of 9 people in France, together with the previous Louvre Director Jean-Luc Martinez,” Bragg mentioned. – AFP



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