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Antiquities Sting Nets 7 Ministry Employees

November 01, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

A senior Egyptian official and six fellow Agriculture Ministry employees have been arrested for trying to sell a mummy to an undercover officer posing as an antiquities dealer, police said. The seven are believed to have excavated the mummy recently in an illegal dig in Beni Suef, 75 miles south of Cairo.

Most sales of Egyptian antiquities are illegal under a 1983 Egyptian law declaring all antiquities not in private collections to be public property. Police said the mummy dated to Egypt's Greco-Roman period.

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