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Accusation against minister of antiquities referred to prosecutor-general
Zahi Hawass has requested all the charges made against him in a recent newspaper article be investigated
Nevine El-Aref , Tuesday 22 Feb 2011
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Zahi Hawass, minister of antiquities, has sent a report to the Prosecutor-General Abdel Meguid Mahmoud after allegations were published against him in Al-Wafd newspaper. He has been accused of smuggling Egypt’s antiquities on behalf of former president Hosni Mubarak’s family. The newspaper quoted the accusations of archaeologist Nour Abdel Samad.

Hawass stated that the accusations published in the newspaper are unfounded and an insult without any documents to back them up.

According to documents obtained by Ahram Online, dozens of disciplinary decisions were taken against Abdel Samad, including suspension from duty, culminating in him being sent before a disciplinary tribunal. During his time at the Supreme Council of Antiquities, now the ministry of antiquities, from 1987, he wrote complaints and filed lawsuits without proof.

In 2005, a disciplinary tribunal suspended Abdel Samad two months after he reported a golden artefact missing from the Marina archaeological site administered by a Polish excavation mission. The whole case was sent to the Prosecutor-General in 2004 in order to carry out investigations.





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Bogumila
07-03-2011 05:43pm
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A broken heart
I pray that the new power stuggle at the top will not undo the hard work and new hope put forth by the youth of Egypt. I also pray that Dr Hawass will be given the great respect and trust that he with so much dedication and passion work toward. He changes so many, many things for the better. Dr Hawass has inspired many of youth from all around the world to care, with much passion and respect, for all priceless ancient treasure. He will be greatly missed as the head of the Antiqueties Ministry by all that are truly passionate about archeology.
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Jean Smith
28-02-2011 06:43pm
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Dr Hawass
Dr Hawass is the most amazing man and worthy of respect - he has accomplished so much for his country in the time he has been head of the SCA. Other than improved tourist facilities, he's recovered Egyptian antiquities from round the world, trained young Egyptian archaeologists to work in the field in their own country. No matter what one thinks of him [and I am a fan] no one can deny his passion for Egypt and her magnificent heritage. He has accomplished so much for his country in the antiquities field and I do not believe that any of the allegations against him are true.
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Andrew Bayuk
23-02-2011 04:49pm
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(here's the rest of my comment) ...attitude of reverence and respect for Egyptian cultural heritage and Egyptology in general. And I'm certain that in light of recent events some lessons were learned which will allow for the formulation and implementation of new protocols to avoid any such incidences in the future. In the end, it is the accomplishments of Dr. Hawass that are the greatest testament that he is a great leader in the Antiquities Ministry and the remains the best person to continue the job. Sincerely, Andrew Bayuk Guardian's Egypt: http://guardians.net
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Andrew Bayuk
22-02-2011 11:34pm
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Inevitable Exoneration
At the end of this all it is my belief that Zahi will be exonerated of any false allegations and be able to get back to his work. Then the attention can return to Dr. Hawass' work and accomplishments which include a comprehensive plan for conservation and management of the monuments and antiquities, new modern museums and facilities that are being built, there is new training to increase the involvement and expertise of Egyptians in the field, there are now nicer and cleaner sites with improved facilities for tourists, new standards have been implemented in research and in field work, antiquities have been returned to Egypt from other countries, and of course, during his tenure there has been many, many exciting new discoveries, including sending a small robot up the air shafts in the Great Pyramid, discoveries at the Valley of the Mummies, the correction of previous destructive restoration work as with the Sphinx, DNA testing of the royal mummies, and an overall attitude of revere
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