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Egypt foils attempt to smuggle Nasser’s camera

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Egyptian authorities have foiled an attempt to smuggle the personal camera and other belongings of former late president and pan-Arabist firebrand Gamal Abdel Nasser to the UAE.

Antiquities Minister Mohamed Ibrahim was quoted by Egyptian media as saying that Archaeological Seizures Unit intercepted the camera and speeches inside two parcels destined for the United Arab Emirates, the official MENA news agency reported.

There were also 127 pictures of the leader, who rose to power after the 1952 military revolution against king Farouk, and wedding and party invitations.

Nasser remains a controversial figure in Egypt. He helped to modernize the country, but also left behind a socialist bureaucracy and almost unfettered police state before his death in 1970.

He led his country in two wars against Israel, with devastating results for Egypt. But many still view the former colonel as an icon of Arab independence.