Egyptian Public Prosecutor, Nabil Sadiq, on Tuesday ordered the arrest of former Italian honorary consul in Luxor over charges of smuggling 21,855 pieces of antiquities, dating back to different historical eras.
Mr Sadiq also ordered putting the consul Ladislav Skakal on the international fugitive list, his office said in a statement.
Other Egyptian defendants were sent to jail pending further investigations on the case, the statement said.
According to him, investigations revealed that Mr Skakal, along with Egyptian defendants, including the brother of a former minister, is involved in smuggling ancient Egyptian antiquities in diplomatic bags.
Several pieces of antiquities were found in the Italian diplomat’s house in Egypt, in addition to other pieces in one of Cairo’s private banks, according to the statement.
It added that Egypt has made contacts with the Italian Judicial bodies to bring back the stolen antiquities.
The smuggled pieces were restored back at Cairo Airport on July 30, 2018.
The pieces have been seized in the Italian city of Salerno.