Egypt orders arrest of ex-Italian honorary consul over smuggling antiquities

Egypt on map
Egypt on map

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.


Coronavirus factsheet


PT Mag Campaign AD

All rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from PREMIUM TIMES.

Support PREMIUM TIMES' journalism of integrity and credibility

Good journalism costs a lot of money. Yet only good journalism can ensure the possibility of a good society, an accountable democracy, and a transparent government.

For continued free access to the best investigative journalism in the country we ask you to consider making a modest support to this noble endeavour.

By contributing to PREMIUM TIMES, you are helping to sustain a journalism of relevance and ensuring it remains free and available to all.


TEXT AD: To advertise here . Call Willie +2347088095401...

BE THE FIRST TO KNOW! Subscribe to our newsletter

* indicates required


Now available on

  Premium Times Android mobile applicationPremium Times iOS mobile applicationPremium Times blackberry mobile applicationPremium Times windows mobile application