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Antiquities chief Zahi Hawass sentenced to one year in jail
Zahi Hawass was sentenced to one year in jail Sunday for declining to fulfill a court ruling
Hatem Maher , Sunday 17 Apr 2011
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Zahi Hawass

Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs Zahi Hawass has been sentenced to one year in jail on Sunday for refusing to fulfill a court ruling over a land dispute.

The Egyptian criminal court also said Hawass must be relieved of his governmental duties and ordered him to pay a LE1000 penalty.

Hawass failed to adhere to a ruling in favour of his opponent over a land dispute when he was in charge of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA).

The SCA appealed the court ruling, arguing that the land includes monuments and therefore should be treated as government-owned land.

Hawass was recently re-appointed as antiquities chief in the newly-formed cabinet of Prime Minister Essam Sharaf.





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Natalie West
19-06-2012 03:11pm
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Hawass IS the Antiquity of Egypt
People in high places always make enemies. Yes Dr Hawass does appear as arrogant, self opinionated and domineering, and definitely a law unto himself. Yes he was part of the old regime that ruled Egypt, maybe guilty by association but he has archaeology and Egypt's past running through his veins. There must be many brilliant archaeoligsts in Egypt, who have stood in his shadow, but I truly believe he's tried to bring back Egypt's previously plundered past to where it rightfully belongs, and I think everything that has been removed should be returned. Give him credit for the good he's done please.
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Kay
17-06-2012 02:11am
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Justice served
This adds to the joy of my day . Tho, I think he needs to be there a lot longer !
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Rodney P. Fowles
19-04-2012 08:27am
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Zahi Hawass "A Great Scholar & Archaeologist"
I Have the highest respect for Mr. Hawass. He has expanded greatly the knowledge we have of ancient Egypt and the nations which associated in some way with Egypt. He is truly a great man.
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nunya
24-07-2011 01:31pm
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Egypt My People
For years I have been hoping for this. Not glad that anyone is sentenced to jail, as much as I personally do not like him, but I have always felt he is tenaciously protecting/hiding truths that he does not want the world to find out. I have no proof, but I strongly suspect we may find ancient Egyptians are not necessarily related to todays Egyptians or perhaps as the Bible states, that Egyptians were the ancient Jews since G-d calls Egypt 'My people'. There's a lot to discover and I hope this change paves the way and more truth is revealed and quickly to the entire world. I love Egypt and her people, but I do not believe ancient relatives of those who live today built the pyramids and Hawass among most others have insisted and provided ridiculous, quickly accepted theories which don't ring true. Of course they want to keep their cultures claim the fame, but all should be more concerned with truth than with preserving their position in history.
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jon
20-07-2011 05:29pm
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Mr. Hawass
Mr. Hawass has done a lot for the antiquities found in Egypt, but at the same time, he is very much against letting ANYONE else postulate a theory on any new discovery. How come every time there is a new discovery in Egypt I see Mr. Hawass in the middle of it, and it is always HIS theory that is accepted. This is not responsible accademia.
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Kara
19-07-2011 02:18am
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Mr. Hawass
Come on people - he is just a flawed human being like the rest of us; however, Mr. Hawass has single-handedly done more for the preservation of Egyptian antiquities and monuments than anyone else in his country. Give the guy a break!
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Joy
19-07-2011 01:33am
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Precession
YAY! Now if only the History Channel would stop showing his shows and start showing GRAHAM HANCOCK & ROBERT BAUVAL. Will they now be able to investigate under the Sphinx?
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jon
25-06-2011 12:40am
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Mr. Hawass
Only shame for those how post anything but glory and praise for this great man--- Mr. Hawass is the best man for the job!!! Thank you, Jon
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truth hurts
25-04-2011 12:03pm
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Pompus arrogant windbag
Finally, someone stood up to this pompus, self-important,know it all, arrogant windbag. It is a noble quest to protect egypt's history. But I would not trust him to run a kids museum. The FIRST thing necessary for a great historian is the humility to admit you don't know it all. Thus has ZERO OF THIS. Here is the proof. He claimed up and down there was no secret compartment in the sphinx. An american PROVED HIM WRONG. There was a door found in the back part. He only permitted himself in and proclaimed "nothing to see here". Only let a camera crew in a little later (under much pressure) but only a little way again saying "nothing here". He also claimed there was no truth to the legend of a "hall of records" buried under the sphinx/area. THAT SAME AMERICAN though use of ground penatrating radar found a whole underground complex in that area. OOOPS PROVEN WRONG AGAIN. Instead of saying he made a mistake and lets explore it, denied the scientist permission to dig and
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Walker
25-04-2011 09:53am
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Hawass
I am not surprised. How can someone who publicly supported Mubarrak and the cronyism of that era evr be trusted?
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