UK couple released in Egypt 'artefacts' mix-up
Published 28/02/2012 | 05:00
A British couple arrested in Egypt on suspicion of trying to smuggle priceless artefacts out of the country were returning home last night after it emerged that the objects were cheap fakes purchased at a bazaar.
Michael Newey (65) and his wife Angela (62) were stopped at Luxor International Airport by officials.
The couple were carrying 19 objects in their luggage. They included Pharonic statues, a Greco-Roman bronze coin, ancient manuscripts and a 16th Century Bible which are protected under Egypt's antiquity and cultural laws.
It was reported that Mrs Newey smashed three of the items as they were being examined by experts. (© Independent News Service)