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Judiciary denies probing Mubarak over Hawass charges

As former minister of antiquities Zahi Hawass continues to drag the Mubarak name into the case filed against him, the judiciary denies questioning former first lady Suzanne Mubarak over artefacts charges

Ahram Online, Tuesday 3 Apr 2012
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Former Egyptian antiquities chief Zahi Hawass (Photo: AP)
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A judicial figure at the Public Funds Prosecution Office has denied reports circulated in different media outlets that former first lady Suzanne Mubarak was questioned in relation to charges filed against the former minister of state for antiquities, Zahi Hawass.  

Hawass is facing charges involving the squandering of public funds and the theft of Egyptian antiquities during his decades-long career as an archaeologist and later as secretary-general of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities and as minister of state for the recently-created Ministry for Antiquities.

On Monday the prosecution opened an investigation into Hawass, who faces seven charges filed against him by a number of archaeologists, including the editor-in-chief of a literary magazine.

In a Monday meeting with Ali El-Hawari, a lawyer from the Public Funds Prosecution Office, Hawass presented a number of documents outlining the inaccuracy of the charges filed against him, reported the Al-Ahram Arabic website.

El-Hawari ordered the formation of a committee made up of a number of experts from the judiciary and the antiquities field to study all the documents presented both by Hawass and the regulatory authorities.

He argued that all the proceeds from the exhibitions, which he either attended or hosted, were donated to the children's cancer hospital '57357' in Manial in Cairo, and a number of other projects by the Mubarak family for children.  

Hawass is accused of making a deal with the American Geographical Society to display rare Egyptian antiquities in exhibitions across the United States and Australia, which stands in violation of the 1983 Egyptian law on the protection of antiquities.

In 2003, Hawass allowed for the transfer and display of 143 objects from the Egyptian Museum to Washington DC, which are yet to be returned to Egypt.

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Patricia Shamseldin
14-04-2012 08:39pm
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Hawass is a thief and a liar!
I am personally aware of his theft of priceless jewelry from the tombs in the Oasis of Bahariya. I took a group to the Western Desert for the December 31st 1999 Millenium and inadvertently stumbled across some of his stash at a hotel called El Beshmo in Bahariya of which he was a silent partner. The manager/partner of the hotel sent a man out into the desert where we were camped out for the night at Crystal Mountain in a jeep and he ran over me in my sleeping bag around 2:00 AM. Dead people do not tell tales! Because I am very short and was sleeping in the fetal position, the tires only went over the bottom end of my sleeping bag. I jumped out of my sleeping bag before he backed up to run over me again, reached my arm into the open driver's window of the jeep and punched the man in the face. He drove off. When my group and I returned to El Beshmo Hotel in the morning, the manager/partner was surprised to see me alive and well, smiling for my group and cooking breakfast in the ho
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Appalled
04-04-2012 06:55pm
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Judiciary denies probing Mubarak over Hawass charges...
Egyptian antiquities unaccounted for and left over in America since2003!! in a PRIVATE arrangement? How could that happen? Is this the SAME Zahi Hawass who has gone around the world demanding Egyptian Antiquities be returned to Egypt? Even imagining such world heritage Egyptian State treasures being lent to, or disappearing into, private hands is unthinkable. It makes one wonder if in the last decade or so, some overseas Egyptian artefacts just *might* have been safer for the short term at least, in some of the scrupulously inventoried, well insured and well curated museums abroad? Each and every artefact in and from the Egyptian National Museums belongs collectively to the people of Egypt.
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Fadel
06-04-2012 12:28am
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Incorrect and missleading info
The Exhibits that left Egypt to travel aborod, Europe, USA, and Japan was aproved by a comite in the Egyptian Anitiquites Council. Sending artfacts out of the country is great idea in promoting the culture and encourage people to visit the country wich means job opprotunities for many Egyptians. There are so many unfounded romers about Hwass job and the way business was handled. These romers were created by those one who did not understand the nature of the work or they have bad intestions and hidden agenda concerning Hawass.
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