In an urgent meeting held on Monday night to discuss measures to be taken after the sale of Egyptian artefacts in the London-based Christie’s Auction House last week against Egypt’s request to stop such sale, Egypt’s National Committee for Antiquities Repatriation (NCAR) said it would ask the British government for more cooperation in preventing the export of these artefacts from Britain before documentation of ownership of these artefacts is made available to Egypt.
The committee, which is headed by headed by Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany, includes top officials from Egypt’s Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Interior, General-Prosecution Office, Egyptian State Lawsuits Authority, former Minister of Antiquities Zahi Hawass, as well as representatives from concerned security and supervision authorities.
The repatriation committee expressed its deep indignation at “the unprofessional way in which the Egyptian artefacts were sold without the provision of the ownership documents, and proof that that the artefacts left Egypt in a legitimate manner, till this date.”
NCAR also expressed “deep bewilderment that the British authorities failed to provide the support expected from it in this regard.”
The committee also decided to assign a British law firm to take all necessary legal procedures to file a civil lawsuit.
The Committee also expressed its appreciation for the decision taken by Egypt’s General-Prosecution to address the International Interpol to issue a circular to track the sale of these artefacts in any country around the world.