Egyptian authorities have made a formal claim on Egyptian antiquities in the Östergötland County Museum in Sweden ("Egypt asks Sweden to return artifacts", IHT January 19, 2009). The 212 pieces had once belonged to Egyptologist and collector, Otto Smith, who had excavated in Egypt in the 1920s. Zahi Hawass claims that the objects were removed "in an illegal manner".
The museum has now issued a press statement (pdf). The issue will be considered by the museum board in early February.
Such a claim is different to those made by Greece and Italy for archaeological material that has been removed illicitly since 1970.