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September 20 2012

Administrative court orders recovery of 179 artifacts from US


The State Council Administrative Court on Saturday ordered the government to take the necessary procedures to recover 179 artifacts that belonged to Queen Cleopatra from the United States.

Former Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif had issued a decree to display the artifacts in the United States, based on an individual agreement signed by Zahi Hawass, the former head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities; the National Geographic Society, owned by billionaire Rupert Murdoch; and two other American associations.

The court ruled that the agreement is a violation of Article 10 of the Antiquities Protection Act, which prohibits contracts with private foreign societies to display antiquities outside Egypt.

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