Parl. steps to toughen penalties to end vandalism of artifacts
Thu, Dec. 14, 2017
CAIRO – 14 December 2017: Parliament is poised to discuss amendments to government- drafted law that stipulate new tougher penalties for vandalizing artifacts, Head of the Egyptian parliament's Culture, Media and Antiquities Committee Osama Heikal announced Thursday.
In press remarks Thursday, Heikal further contended that the parliament will discuss this draft law in presence of the current Minister of Antiquities Khaled al-Anani, confirming that stronger laws should be in place to ensure the protection of Egypt's priceless artifacts from destruction and smuggling.
According to the current Antiquities Protection Law, the person who is proved to be convicted with stealing, possessing, concealing or collecting artifacts for the sole purpose of profiteering shall be punished with life imprisonment and fined with not less than LE 50,000 and not more than LE 250,000.
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