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    The ex-wife of an Egyptian man on trial for the murder of their two daughters for dating American boys called him the devil as she alleged 15 years of abuse under him.  When prosecutors asked Patricia Owens to identify ex-husband Yaser Said, 65, in court on Thursday, she pointed at the man accused of killing her two daughters, 17-year-old Sarah and 18-year-old Amina, NBC 5 reported.   'That devil there,' she said as she testified about years of abuse she and her two daughters allegedly suffered at the hands of Said.  The Egyptian-born cab driver, who lived with his family just north of Dallas, allegedly shot and killed his daughters in his taxi after telling them they were going out to eat on New Year's Day in 2008. It is widely speculated Said committed an honor killing - a practice where individuals are murdered for bringing perceived shame on their family - after he discovered the girls had non-Muslim boyfriends and thought they were becoming 'too American.'  Patricia Owens (pictured) called her ex-husband, Yaser Said, 'that devil' during the murder trial...
    A TOYBOY-loving gran has made a "priceless" discovery about her Egyptian husband after they were forced to spend weeks apart. Iris Mohamady, 82, married Mohamed Ahmed Ibriham, 36, in 2020 after falling in love three years ago - despite their 46-year age difference. 5Iris Mohamady, 82, Mohamed Ahmed Ibriham, 36, fell in love after meeting on FacebookCredit: Refer to Caption 5The pair were married in 2020 and he moved to the UK to be with her 5After four weeks apart, Iris realised what a 'priceless gem' Mohamed is After meeting on Facebook, Iris flew to Egypt so the pair could finally meet in person and tie the knot. Since then, the loved-up gran has regularly been expressing her love for her man. But the couple had to spend some time apart from one another when Mohamed's father became sick and he rushed to Cairo to visit him. After spending four weeks apart, Iris says the distance helped her realise how lucky she is. Read more about Iris' love storyGRAN-D DAY Gran, 82, dances with joy...
    Today, Sunday, prosecuting authorities in Cairo decided to release those accused of verbally abusing young artist Caroline Azmi after the two sides reached a compromise. In addition, the accused denied the artist’s harassment and said that what happened between them was a disagreement over the priority of traffic as he was driving his car and accidentally drove towards his car. The Egyptian actress, while driving, revealed that she was verbally abused, explained the details of the incident and demanded that the perpetrators claim her rights. He also posted a video of the incident on his Instagram photo and video exchange site, and wrote: “Good evening, someone who knows me or is following me. He broke me.” She continued: “All I did was pick him up and look in front of me, so I’ve seen him repeat the same movement over and over again. I went out on my mobile and made pictures to scare him and stop him. You’re bothering me. I was surprised to be told, then I got up and started filming seriously, you will see the movements...
    CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities announced on Saturday the arrest of a prominent member of a U.S.-designated terrorist group. According to government media, the suspect was detained after a Turkey-bound flight from Sudan that he was on made an emergency landing in Egypt. The Interior Ministry said in a statement that a man, identified as Hossam Menoufy, had been arrested earlier in the week but did not provide further details. A man with that name is known to be a member of HASM, a group previously implicated in several deadly militant attacks in Egypt. Authorities also say that HASM was responsible for a car bombing outside an Egyptian hospital that killed 20 people in 2019. HASM, which the United States designated a terrorist group in 2018, is considered to be a splinter of the Muslim Brotherhood group. Egypt has long banned and declared the Brotherhood a terrorist organization. Egypt has been waging a campaign against the Brotherhood since the country’s military in 2013 removed President Mohammed Morsi, who hailed from the group, after massive protests against his rule....
    A New York man has been indicted on charges that he acted as an unregistered agent of Egypt's government, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said in a statement on Thursday.  The DOJ said Pierre Girgis, a dual-citizen of the U.S. and Egypt, operated in the direction and control of multiple Egyptian government employees between 2014 to 2019 in an effort to advance the government's interest in the country.  According to the two-count indictment, prosecutors said Girgis tracked down the movement of opponents of Egypt Pesident Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and used his connections with local enforcement to obtain non-public information. He also allegedly arranged benefits for country officials visiting Manhattan, and coordinated meetings between U.S. and Egyptian law enforcement officials.  Prosecutors also alleged Girgis's activities included setting up Egyptian officials to participate in police-based training in Manhattan that was meant for only law enforcement, according to the statement.  “As alleged, Pierre Girgis failed to meet his requirements to register as a foreign agent in the United States,” said U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Damian Williams in a statement. ...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A New York man has been arrested on charges that he worked as a secret and unregistered agent of the Egyptian government, including by sharing information with American law enforcement officials about political opponents of President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, the Justice Department said Thursday. Pierre Girgis, a 39-year-old dual national of Egypt and the United States, is charged with acting as an agent of a foreign government without notifying the Justice Department, and with conspiring to do so. It was not immediately clear if he had a lawyer who could comment on his behalf. A six-count indictment made public Thursday says Girgis acted at the “direction and control” of Egyptian government officials between at least 2014 and 2019. Prosecutors say he used his connections with U.S. law enforcement to collect non-public information that was shared with Egyptian contacts. Girgis, who lives in Manhattan, is also accused of arranging meetings between Egyptian and American law enforcement officials, and of arranging for Egyptian officials to attend police training in the U.S. In April 2017, according to the indictment,...
    CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court on Wednesday sentenced a man to death for beheading another man in a gruesome street murder that shocked the country two months ago. The Criminal Court in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia convicted Abdel-Rahman Nazmy of killing one person, attempted killing of two others and illegal possession of a knife he used in the Nov. 1 crime. The suspect was arrested shortly after the attack on a busy Ismailia street. The attack was captured on video that quickly went viral, setting off an uproar across Egypt. In gruesome detail, the video shows the beheading itself, then shows the killer carrying the head around and waving the large, bloodied knife as bystanders can be heard screaming. The man was arrested following the attack in which he also stabbed two other men when they attempted to subdue him. The court had referred the case in early December to Egypt’s top religious authority, Grand Mufi Shawki Allam, for a non-binding opinion on whether the defendant should be hanged. The cleric approved the death penalty. At...
    The remains of a man and woman who were buried with gold foil plates in place of their tongues have been discovered outside of Cairo, Egypt. The bodies, found in separate tombs, were laid to rest in limestone sarcophaguses that date back 2,500 years. The man’s remains are well-preserved and his tomb, which was sealed, contains several artifacts including canopic jars, a scarab and funerary figurines made of faience. The woman’s remains, however, are not in good condition and there are signs her tomb was opened by grave robbers. Scroll down for video  The remains of a man and woman who were buried with gold foil plates in place of their tongues have been discovered outside of Cairo, Egypt. Pictured are the golden tongues found in the skulls The discovery was made by the University of Barcelona, which says the tombs date back to the Saite period, the 26th Dynasty of Egypt,' The National News reports The gold tongue plates are in good condition and are commonly found among ancient Egyptian mummies. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next ...
    CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian prosecutors have ordered a man to face trial after he appeared to steal a journalist’s phone while it was livestreaming in the country’s capital of Cairo. The country’s public prosecutor said on Wednesday that the man, who was caught on video grabbing the phone out of the journalist’s hands while riding on a motorbike and making off with it, would be referred to the country’s criminal court. It added that the man was also riding an unmarked motorcycle and was driving in the opposite direction of traffic. The news has gone viral in Egypt, viewed where the livestream was viewed with a mixture of comedy and satisfaction that the man seemed to have been caught in the act. Theft by motorbike is not uncommon in Egypt’s capital. After the theft, the stolen phone livestreamed the driver of the motorcycle smoking a cigarette as he drives along a highway. The journalist, a correspondent for a local Egyptian paper Al-Youm Al-Sabaa, had been reporting on the slight shaking that was felt in the Egyptian...
    TIRANA, Albania (AP) — A court in Albania refused Friday to extradite an Egyptian man who faces a death sentence in his country. Judge Artan Gjermeni canceled the extradition of Mohamed Rageh after Egyptian authorities did not give assurance he would not be executed. An Egyptian court sentenced Rageh to death for a November 2019 murder in Giza, Egypt. Authorities had issued an international warrant for his arrest. He was detained at Albania’s international airport in May while trying to enter the country as a tourist. Albania formally banned capital punishment in October 2000, but death sentences effectively stopped in 1995 when the country became a member of the Council of Europe, the continent’s leading human rights organization. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Updated 08/06/2021 – 15:33 The Spanish Technician Roberto Garca Parrondo, who joined the Egyptian national team in 2019, is one of those responsible for the great game of the African team, the first team on this continent to reach the semi-finals of the Olympic Games. In the Egyptian set he is helped by the Croatian exporter Venio Losert and the former Spanish player Antonio Cartn, with whom he coincided in Ademar Len. “She is a great coach who has won the Champions with Vardar. They were already a very talented team, but he has put more order in them and made them even more dangerous, “explained Rodrigo Corrales this Friday at a press conference, something that his teammate Ángel Fernndez confirmed. “He is one of the best in the world and he is showing it. Ciudad Real or Pick Szeged, who played in Ademar (2003-2006, achieving a Recopa), now threatens a Spain that knows well. His slate will be key in a complicated duel for the ‘Hispanics’ for third place at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
    An Egyptian man accused of stabbing a Boston rabbi outside a Jewish day school and synagogue on Thursday was in the country illegally having overstayed his visa and not returned to Egypt. Khaled Awad, 24, allegedly stabbed Rabbi Shlomo Noginksi eight times on the street outside Shaloh House on Chestnut Hill Avenue in Brighton, at around 1.20pm on Thursday afternoon.  It has since emerged that although Awad had entered the U.S. legally using a student visa, he lost his legal status on May 14, Immigration and Customs Enforcement  found. 'Khaled Awad, 24, a citizen of Egypt, entered the United States on a student visa in August 2019,' an ICE spokesman told Fox News. 'However, he failed to stay enrolled as required by law, resulting in a loss of legal status in the U.S on May 14, 2021.'  ICE have lodged a detainer with the Boston Police Department meaning he will be taken into custody by the agency once criminal proceedings are complete. 24-year-old Khaled Awad was lead into court on Friday for his arraignment in Brighton District Court A...
    EXCLUSIVE: An Egyptian man who is accused of stabbing a rabbi outside of a Jewish day school in Boston on Thursday overstayed his student visa and lost his legal status on May 14, Immigration and Customs Enforcement told Fox News. Khaled Awad, 24, allegedly approached Rabbi Shlomo Noginski with a gun and demanded his car keys, at which point Noginski ran across the street to a park, where Awad stabbed him in the arm multiple times.  He entered the United States two years ago for college, but his legal status recently lapsed.  "Khaled Awad, 24, a citizen of Egypt, entered the United States on a student visa in August 2019," a spokesman for ICE told Fox News. "However, he failed to stay enrolled as required by law, resulting in a loss of legal status in the U.S on May 14, 2021." Khaled Awad is led into court while arraigned on charges in the stabbing of a rabbi near a Jewish day school, in Brighton District Court in Boston on Friday July.  ((Mary Schwalm/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool)) Noginski,...
    An Egyptian man who posted a video on social media complaining about the weather in Kuwait was arrested and faces dire legal action. The video, which was posted to TikTok and Twitter, reportedly depicted the Egyptian ex-pat, who lives in Kuwait, using vulgar language and ranting about the hot temperatures while driving through a sandstorm, BBC reported. “I’m in a dust storm right now,” the man reportedly stated in the video, according to The New York Daily News, adding that he was unable to see. “Fine, Kuwait, fine,” he continued, reportedly using an Arabic curse word. A statement posted to Twitter by the Kuwait Interior Ministry reportedly stated that the Egyptian man responsible for the “offensive clip,” had been arrested and would be taken to authorities for further “necessary legal action,” to be taken “against him.” Kuwait police arrested an Egyptian resident for ranting about poor weather and dust storms online.https://t.co/0gYskjAU8P — New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) June 29, 2021 Additionally, a second Egyptian ex-pat man was arrested for reportedly harassing young women, after several incident reports had reportedly...
    Police in Kuwait have arrested an Egyptian resident for posting a video online in which he rants about bad weather and dust storms. The country has been enduring some of the hottest temperatures on earth this year, reaching as high as 122F (50C).  Kuwait's Ministry of Interior said the man behind the 'offensive' video was arrested and referred to authorities, which would 'take the necessary legal action against him'. Gulf News later reported that he had been deported. Police in Kuwait have arrested a resident, an Egyptian man, for posting a video online in which he rants about bad weather and dust storms. The country has been enduring some of the hottest temperatures on earth this year, reaching as high as 122F (50C) In a dashboard camera video posted on the social media app TikTok, the man can be heard complaining about the blinding sandstorm that has engulfed Kuwait for the past few days. 'I'm inside a dust storm right now, I literally can't see anything in front of me,' the man says, showing the dust coating the road like...
    An Egyptian man has been arrested for reportedly punishing his 7-year-old son for stealing by tying him to a wooden pole and smearing him with honey to attract bees and other insects. The boy’s mother said her husband has also punished their son by depriving him of food and water for long periods.Newsflash A photo showing the boy lying with his arms tied to the pole behind his back went viral after it was confiscated from the mother, who reported the cruel incident to authorities, Arab News reported. She told a child rescue group that her husband, a tuktuk driver who has not been named, constantly beats her and their children in the city of Shebin al-Qanater. The 34-year-old father placed his son, whom neighbors had accused of theft, on their roof on May 25 to attract the insects, The Sun reported, citing Al Arabiya. It was not known how long the child was left bound to the stake. After sounding the alarm, the 29-year-old mother fled with her son to another community, according to the report. She reportedly said...
    THE BRITISH gran who wed her 36-year-old Egyptian toyboy lover has opened up about their unconventional relationship, revealing that he happily cuts her toenails for her and is her "best sex ever". Iris Jones, 81, from Somerset, married Mohamed Ahmed Ibriham in November last year, after meeting him on Facebook in 2019. 6British gran Iris Jones has opened up on her marriage with her Egyptian toyboy lover Mohamed, who is 45 years her juniorCredit: Iris Jones/Facebook She flew to Egypt so the pair could finally meet in person and tie the knot and since then, the loved-up gran has regularly been expressing her love for her man. In a new Facebook post, Iris revealed what "love" means to her, while giving those invested in the couple's relationship a real insight into just how smitten she is with her toyboy lover. She gushed: "LOVE is... when the one you love cuts your toe nails. LOVE is...when the one you love carries you up two...
    A BRITISH gran who detailed her VERY graphic sex life has blasted claims that her 36-year-old Egyptian lover could be a “gold digger”. Iris Jones, 81, from Somerset, flew to Egypt where she married Mohamed Ahmed Ibriham in November after meeting on Facebook last year - but they've since spent weeks apart as he remains in his homeland. 4Iris Jones has blasted claims that her toyboy husband Mohammed Ahmed Ibriham is a gold diggerCredit: Refer to Caption And the loved-up gran is eager to reassure critics that their love is the “real-deal” after their relationship was compared to an Egyptian scammer who had duped his older lover. A photo of Iris and Mohamed had been used in a story about the heartbroken woman published on a UK news site. Writing on Facebook, Iris assured that “Mohamed is the most loving, genuine man on this planet.” She continued: “I was already convinced of this BEFORE I met him and my judgement has ben proved right a millionfold! (sic). 4She has told haters "hands off my man" Credit: Refer to Caption “I never ever doubted his intentions...
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Public Prosecutor General (GBA) said on Monday charges of espionage have been filed against an Egyptian-born German citizen who worked at the German government press office and gathered information for an Egyptian intelligence agency. The GBA said the man, identified only as Amin K. under German privacy laws, had been working at the press office since 1999 and was hired by the Egyptian embassy in Berlin in 2010 "at the latest". The Egyptian embassy in Berlin was not immediately available for comment. Prosecutors allege the man was instructed to assist Egypt's General Intelligence Service (GIS) with assessing how Egypt was portrayed in German media, according to a statement from the Federal Public Prosecutor General. He had also tried to assist GIS efforts to hire another agent in Germany but those efforts were unsuccessful, the statement said, giving no further details. In exchange for his work the suspect was promised preferential treatment for himself and his family by Egyptian authorities, according to German prosecutors. The case was mentioned in the BfV domestic intelligence agency's 385-page annual report,...
    Secrets from within the shrouds of three ancient Egyptian mummies, first discovered in 1615, have been revealed for the first time thanks to CT scans.  A man in his twenties, a woman in her thirties and a teenage girl aged between 17 and 19 were inside the plaster-covered remains, buried with jewellery, gold coins and in at least one case - their organs still in their body.  Archaeologists from the Reiss Engelhorn Meuseu, Germany, had to use CT scans to reveal the inside of the plaster coating - rather than risk damaging the remains. Dating back to between the third and fourth century AD, researchers found all three had some form of medical problem and had died young for the period.  They are the only known surviving 'stucco-shrouded portrait mummies' from Saqqara - an ancient Egyptian necropolis - and were first discovered in 1615. The body is placed on a wooden board, covered in a shroud and then coated in plaster and gold to create a shell which is then painted to show the whole body.  Archaeologists from the...
    CAIRO (AP) — Police at Cairo’s international airport arrested an Egyptian man returning from France on Friday with over 600 narcotic pills and two packs of marijuana stuffed into a carton of dates, according to airport authorities. Egyptian customs officials found 620 tablets of Tramadol, the powerful opioid painkiller, along with marijuana wrapped in cellophane, hidden in a box of Medjool dates — a type of sweet, tree-dried fruits — that the man had brought back with him from Paris. The unidentified passenger was detained and faces possible charges for violating Egypt’s anti-narcotics and smuggling laws, said Ibrahim Abdel-Latif, an official in the airport’s custom authority. Tramadol is listed by Egyptian authorities as an illegal drug because it is widely used as a heroin substitute. This was not the airport’s first brush with drug trafficking. Customs authorities say they routinely pick up foreigners and Egyptians alike for attempting to smuggle in outlawed painkillers and amphetamines popular in the Middle East. A 34-year-old British woman spent 13 months behind bars after she was caught sneaking a few hundred Tramadol pills into...
    CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian prosecutors ordered four policemen to be detained pending an investigation into the death of a young man while in detention, two judicial officials said on Sunday. Prosecutors also ordered the release of another police officer on bail of 5,000 Egyptian pounds ($310) in the case that touched off a rare burst of street protests last week, the officials said. The four policemen are to be held in custody initially for four days. The 26-year-old man was arrested earlier this month following clashes stemming from a financial dispute in Cairo’s Moneib district, the Interior Ministry said. The man was pronounced dead of heart failure at a hospital a day after his arrest, according to the ministry that oversees police. The ministry claimed the man had been wounded in the clashes. Residents said the young man, identified by the nickname Islam el-Australy, clashed with police after they tried to dismantle his street stall. The family of the man have accused the police of killing him, according to prosecutors who ordered forensic experts to determine the cause of death...
    CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian prosecutors ordered four policemen to be detained pending an investigation into the death of a young man while in detention, two judicial officials said on Sunday. Prosecutors also ordered the release of another police officer on bail of 5,000 Egyptian pounds ($310) in the case that touched off a rare burst of street protests last week, the officials said. The four policemen are to be held in custody initially for four days. The 26-year-old man was arrested earlier this month following clashes stemming from a financial dispute in Cairo’s Moneib district, the Interior Ministry said. The man was pronounced dead of heart failure at a hospital a day after his arrest, according to the ministry that oversees police. The ministry claimed the man had been wounded in the clashes. Residents said the young man, identified by the nickname Islam el-Australy, clashed with police after they tried to dismantle his street stall. The family of the man have accused the police of killing him, according to prosecutors who ordered forensic experts to determine the cause...
    CAIRO (AP) — A prominent Egyptian journalist who reported on a young man’s death in police custody has been detained on charges of reporting fake news, his employer said Friday, the latest blow to press freedoms in the country. The arrest of journalist Islam el-Kalhy comes after the arrest of several other local reporters in recent weeks, despite fears of the spread of the coronavirus in Egyptian prisons. The government of President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi has squeezed space for traditional media outlets and stamped out nearly all dissent as part of a wide-ranging crackdown. The content of state-owned media is tightly controlled, while most privately owned news media in the country has been acquired by Egyptian intelligence services or supporters of el-Sissi. The Interior Ministry did not respond to requests for comment. Egyptian authorities in the past have denied rights violations and justified arrests on grounds of national security. El-Kalhy was picked up by police “while he was doing his work,” said his employer, Darb, a news outlet owned by a socialist opposition party in Egypt. He was forcibly disappeared...
    WARNING: ALLEGATIONS BELOW MAY BE DISTURBINGFarah Radwan, a 27-year-old small business owner, was walking down the street in Cairo when she said a man stepped in front of her. “You get people who are aggressive and that’s when it gets dangerous... I’m embarrassed to be Egyptian,” Radwan told Fox News. Before long, more than a dozen people came out from shops laughing as the man allegedly harassed Radwan, making sexually suggestive remarks. Her experience, which took place in 2018, is not unique. Around 99 percent of Egyptian women have experienced sexual harassment or assault, according to a 2013 United Nations study. Much like the United States, Egypt has been going through its own version of the #MeToo movement. The difference is that many of the women stepping forward in Egypt have been putting themselves in danger to do so. Radwan, who comes from an upper-class family, made a widely seen video about her experience. She said she felt she was protected while coming forward. Others haven’t been as fortunate.           View this post on Instagram        ...
    An Egyptian reality TV show that uses live animals as props in pranks has been dubbed 'cruel' by leading animal rights organisation PETA. Clips from the Mahadesh Fahem Haga programme showed a monkey being dangled from a chain by the neck, ducks thrown at people and dogs terrified by fake explosions.  The programme, a Ramadan TV special, also shows a dog being scared by a fake electrical explosion and a donkey slapped in the face and shoved to the ground. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Could history repeat itself in Europe's bloodiest killing... Shocking footage of David Walliams humiliating young men by... Share this article Share An Egyptian prank show has been accused of animal cruelty after ducks were thrown at people (pictured) and a monkey was dangled from a chain around its neck The programme also showed a donkey slapped in the face and shoved to the ground leading animal rights organisation PETA to dub it 'cruel' The clip starts with footage of the donkey surrounded by a group of men...
    Berlin (AFP) – A man who worked in German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s press office is suspected of having spied for Egypt, a government report said Thursday. Police carried out “executive measures” against the man in December 2019 after he was found to have “worked for years for an Egyptian intelligence service”, according to a report on the protection of the constitution. The investigation is ongoing. The man worked for the visitor service of the federal government press office (BPA), headed by Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert, according to the Bild daily. He was a mid-level employee, meaning he would have completed an exam and at least two years of vocational training. The premises of the visitor service were searched as part of the investigation, Bild reported. A spokesman for the BPA told AFP it would not comment on ongoing investigations or personnel matters. The main tasks of Egyptian secret service agents in Germany include gathering information about members of groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood, according to the government report. They are also interested in members of the Coptic Christian community...
    A 47-year-old man from Brooklyn was indicted in the Eastern District on Monday after he was arrested at JFK Airport in February for allegedly smuggling nearly 600 Egyptian artifacts. Ashraf Omar Eldarir, a U.S. citizen, is being charged with smuggling in 590 bubble-wrapped Egyptian antiquities in three suitcases into New York. Some of the artifacts are believed to be approximately 4,000 years old. “These cultural treasures traveled across centuries and millennia, only to end up unceremoniously stuffed in a dirt-caked suitcase at JFK,” said Richard Donoghue, the U.S. Attorney for the EDNY.
    A New York City man is charged with smuggling Egyptian cultural artifacts through John F. Kennedy International Airport, prosecutors announced on Monday. Ashraf Omar Eldarir, 47, a U.S. citizen, was arrested on a complaint in February 2020 after arriving at JFK airport the month prior with three suitcases filled with undeclared Egyptian antiquities, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a press release. Ashraf Omar Eldarir allegedly told customs agents the contents of his suitcases were only worth $300.  (Department of Homeland Security) The complaint alleges that Eldarir falsely declared to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that he was carrying goods valued at only $300. When CBP officers opened his suitcases, they found nearly 600 bubble and foam-wrapped Egyptian antiquities, the complaint said.  After opening the protective wrapping, loose sand and dirt spilled out. Some of the items also smelled of wet earth, indicating that they had been recently excavated.  Included among the items were gold amulets, a relief with the cartouche of a Ptolemaic king, wooden tomb model figures, and two Roman period funerary...
    A Brooklyn man was indicted for allegedly trying to smuggle hundreds of Egyptian artifacts stuffed inside dirty suitcases through JFK Airport — including some nearly 4,000-year-old relics, federal prosecutors announced Monday. Ashraf Omar Eldarir, 47, was caught at the Queens airport in January allegedly carrying three suitcases filled with 590 antiquities covered in foam and bubble wrap, federal prosecutors said. “These cultural treasures traveled across centuries and millennia, only to end up unceremoniously stuffed in a dirt-caked suitcase at JFK,” said Richard P. Donoghue, US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. When US Customs and Border Protection agents opened the packages, sand and dirt spilled out, and some of the items smelled of wet earth, indicating that they had been recently dug-up, prosecutors alleged. Among the relics were objects made to be buried in the funerary pyramids of Egyptian royalty, such as gold amulets and wooden tomb models — including one that dated back to around 1900 BCE, prosecutors claim. There was also two funerary stelae, or stone monuments to the deceased, hailing from the Roman period,...
    A Brooklyn man was indicted for allegedly trying to smuggle hundreds of Egyptian artifacts stuffed inside dirty suitcases through JFK Airport — including some nearly 4,000-year-old relics, federal prosecutors announced Monday. Ashraf Omar Eldarir, 47, was caught at the Queens airport in January allegedly carrying three suitcases filled with 590 antiquities covered in foam and bubble wrap, federal prosecutors said. “These cultural treasures traveled across centuries and millennia, only to end up unceremoniously stuffed in a dirt-caked suitcase at JFK,” said Richard P. Donoghue, US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. When US Customs and Border Protection agents opened the packages, sand and dirt spilled out, and some of the items smelled of wet earth, indicating that they had been recently dug-up, prosecutors alleged. Among the relics were objects made to be buried in the funerary pyramids of Egyptian royalty, such as gold amulets and wooden tomb models — including one that dated back to around 1900 BCE, prosecutors claim. There was also two funerary stelae, or stone monuments to the deceased, hailing from the Roman period, the...
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