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It cannot be true that BRENT BENJAMIN will be appointed as member of the CULTURAL PROPERTY ADVISORY COMMITTEE. Doing so the USA will defame itself internationally.

Benjamin Brent knows that the Egyptian mask in the SLAM is a stolen mask and refuses to return it. Who sold this mask to the SLAM: dubious art dealer Ali Aboutaam (presently convicted in Egypt; there is an international warrent for his arrest!)

It cannot be true that BRENT BENJAMINwill be appointed as member of the CULTURAL PROPERTY ADVISORY COMMITTEE. Doing so the USA will defame itself internationally. Is this the answer the USA is giving to the problem of illicit trafficking: http://culturalheritage.state.gov/sindex.html

Ton Cremers

—–Original Message—–
From: Ton Cremers [mailto:museum-security@museum-security.org]
Sent: Saturday, October 11, 2008 6:16 PM
To: ‘museum-security-network@googlegroups.com’
Cc: ‘culprop@state.gov’
Subject: An OUTRAGEOUS appointment: BRENT BENJAMIN, DIRECTOR OF THE SAINT LOUIS ART MUSEUM THAT REFUSED TO RETURN A STOLEN EGYPTIAN MASK TO EGYPT AND NOW BECOMES A MEMBER OF THE CULTURAL PROPERTY ADVISORY COMMITTEE!!

The White House has announced that President George W. Bush intends to appoint St. Louis Art Museum director Brent R. Benjamin as a member of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee.

The committee is composed of 11 people, including museum professionals; experts in archaeology, anthropology and ethnology; experts in international sales of cultural property; and members of the general public. Two members are designated from the museum world.

The committee advises the president on issues related to cultural property as outlined in the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Cultural Property. Benjamin’s term will run through April 25, 2011. (David Bonetti)

An OUTRAGEOUS appointment: BENJAMIN BRENT, DIRECTOR OF THE SAINT LOUIS ART MUSEUM THAT REFUSED TO RETURN A STOLEN EGYPTIAN MASK TO EGYPT AND NOW BECOMES A MEMBER OF THE CULTURAL PROPERTY ADVISORY COMMITTEE!!

One can hardly believe that this is true!

Ton Cremers

Contact information of the CPAC:

Cultural Heritage Center
U.S. Department of State (ECA/P/C)
301 4th St., SW, Room 334
Washington, DC 20547

Telephone: (202) 453-8800
Fax: (202) 453-8803
Email: culprop@state.gov

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