authorities have denied earlier reports that they have
nabbed a Canadian man smuggling a statue of Darius III.
A few months ago, Egypt’s official news agency released
a brief article on a Canadian oil expert who was arrested
in Cairo’s international airport while smuggling an
ancient statue of the great Iranian king (336BC –
arrestee had then dismissed smuggling charges, claiming he
had received the figurine as a gift during his stay in
Iran. An official in Iran’s Foreign Ministry announced
Egyptians have dismissed the report.
Egypt used to be one of the provinces of the enormous
Persian Empire since the sixth century BC till 332BC, when
Alexander of Macedonia put an end to Iranian’s rule over
the land and to the Achaemenid dynasty.