European Ambassador accused of exporting antiques [Archives:2006/990/Local News]

October 16 2006

SANA'A, Oct. 15 – A resident European Ambassador was stopped from illegally shipping seven Yemeni antiques to his home country, according to a report by Al-Motamer.

Yemeni security authorities in collaboration with Antiquities Trafficking Combating Administration stopped the export in Sana'a airport.

An air freight company, called Gas, arranged for shipping the seven pieces and security have launched an investigation Gas's Manager and antiquities administration asked to investigate another three shipping employees.

The antiquities include stone and pottery equipment dating back to Sabaean State (1000 BC to 400 AD) and the authorities believe the ambassador bought these pieces from citizens who brought them from Mareb and Al-Jawf Governorates.

According to the news, Gas is the second freight company involved in shipping antiques outside Yemen.

At the onset of this year, Antiquities Authorities warned all freight companies against shipping any antiquities and asked them to inform them in case they find such antiquities.