The head of the museums section at the antiquities ministry, Ahmed Sharaf, was arrested by police on Monday night at his office in Lazoghly, downtown Cairo, after meeting with a Greek-Egyptian contractor who is working with the ministry on a restoration project.
Sharaf was accused of taking bribes from the Greek-Egyptian in order to provide his company with a contract related to the restoration of Cairo's Museum of Islamic Art. Doing so contravenes the agreement outlining details related to the restoration process which was signed between the antiquities ministry and the UAE, which is funding the project.
The MIA has been under restoration for more than a year after a car bomb exploded outside the Cairo security directorate adjacent to the museum in 2014.
According to a source at the ministry who spoke on condition of anonymity, Sharaf has been put in custody while the case is investigated and his office has been locked-up by police.
Director of regional museums, Elham Salah, is now temporarily in charge of the museums section at the ministry of antiquities.