CAIRO – 10 August 2018: The statue of King Djedefre, son of King Khufu, has returned back to Egypt after it was illegally smuggled to Geneva.
In 2017, the Egyptian authorities submitted a request to retrieve the statue. King Djedefre;s statue was illegally transported to a storage company at Geneva Free Port as it was located in a site near the Great Sphinx.
This company alleged that the statue belongs to Switzerland, and not the Giza site. However, the Swiss Federal Criminal Court finally ruled that the statue belongs to Egypt.
Last July, 118 ancient Egyptian artifacts that were smuggled to Italy were retrieved. The restored artefacts were presented at a temporary exhibition at the Egyptian Museum for several days.
Previously, the Italian police notified the Egyptian Embassy in Rome about the seizure of 23,700 artifacts of different civilizations, including 118 Egyptian pieces packed in parcels. The seized artifacts include objects from different Pharaonic periods, in addition to objects from the Islamic era.