Cultural Heritage Lawyer, Rick St. Hilaire is closely following the US v. Khouli case. He noted that
the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York held a status conference in the criminal matter of Khouli, an antiquities trafficking matter, on November 17, 2011. A federal grand jury in New York alleged that Khouli’s antiquities trafficking ring conspired “to smuggle ancient artifacts from Egypt, engaging in money laundering and false statements in the process.”

Hilaire notes that in a letter from 4 November, 2011 Khouli seeks leave to attend a coin show in Baltimore, Maryland, scheduled for November 16 and 20. The short letter explained: “As an antiquities dealer, Mr. Khouli’s livelihood depends on his ability to attend coin shows and other similar events.” The court granted Khouli’s request and extended the ruling, waiving the appearance of the other co-defendants.