The Egyptian investigations revealed the plan of the former Italian consul in Egypt to smuggle Egyptian antiquities into his country, after the Egyptian Interpol demanded the Italian government to hand over the accused in this case.
The Egyptian Interpol demanded that the former Italian consul at the Italian embassy in Cairo be handed over to the Egyptian authorities, for a prison sentence was issued for his involvement with others in smuggling nearly 22,000 artifacts from the port of Alexandria.
The investigations conducted in the case revealed the defendants’ plan to smuggle antiquities to Europe, and they were able to pass through Cairo port without inspection.
In May 2017, the Italian authorities seized in the Italian port of Salerno, on board the ship “Hildi” coming from the Alexandria sea port, a diplomatic container, in the name of “Massiliano Spotrelli”, attached to the Italian embassy in Cairo. A parcel containing 15 Egyptian artifacts, in addition to 21,660 Egyptian coins, according to the conclusion of the technical examination report prepared by the committee formed by the Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.
And the second and third accused: Ladislav Utker Skakal and Medhat Michel Gerges, who escaped to Italy in possession of 21855 pieces of antiquities belonging to the Egyptian civilization, by handing them the second to the third to be shipped surreptitiously inside one of the containers belonging to a member of the diplomatic mission of Italy in Cairo to ensure that they were not opened or inspected by the competent officials of the Egyptian Customs Authority. Because it is subject to the provisions of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961, the third accused shipped it inside a diplomatic container bearing No. 5/004817 belonging to the Italian Massimiliano Sponzile, attached to the Italian Embassy in Cairo, and they smuggled 21,855 pieces of antiquities with the intent to trade in them in violation of the applicable regulations regarding prohibited goods. By submitting incorrect data and documents with the intention of eliminating the due customs taxes.
The recitations indicated that the accused Boutros Raouf Boutros Ghali is a close friend of the Italian Consul, “Adilaf Skakal,” and in possession of the key to his residence in the Zamalek area, and he bought his girlfriend’s apartment after her death in the “Imobilia” building, and that they agreed to bring buyers of some of the artifacts in his residence and it was proved that The Italian consul made money transfers to the accused, and the presence of a special treasury inside the banks for that Italian consul and issued a power of attorney for the accused Boutros Raouf Boutros Ghali to deal with them.
Based on this information and the results of the investigations in that case, the Public Prosecution assigned Mustafa Waziri, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, to form a committee from the Egyptian Antiquities Authority, to move with the prosecutor to inspect the defendant’s residence in Zamalek, and about 21 thousand pieces were seized in possession of the accused, and searched them It has been proven that they are Egyptian artifacts of historical value and belong to the successive Egyptian civilizations, and some of them are the result of illegal excavations in archaeological sites, and some are illegally obtained from the palaces of the Alawite family.
Source: The Seventh Day