Egypt Regains Ancient Treasures from U.S.

Egypt Regains Ancient Treasures from U.S.
Federal immigration officials returned more than 80 ancient artifacts to the Egyptian government on Wednesday, reports the New York Times. They had been stolen by a United States Army helicopter pilot from a museum near Cairo in 2002 and later sold to an antiquities dealer.

The 370 missing artifacts, dating from 3000 B.C. or earlier, were seized by Immigration and Customs Enforcement after an investigation in 2006, which began when the pieces were discovered missing from a museum in Maadi, a suburb of Cairo.

At a ceremony in Manhattan, Peter J. Smith, the special agent heading the immigration department’s Office of Investigations, returned the items to Egypt’s consul general in New York, Hussein Mubarak, and Attiya Radwan, who oversees the Central Department for Upper Egypt Monuments.