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Prominent Egyptologist Zahi Hawass cleared of corruption charges

Prosecutors have shelved complaints filed against the former antiquities minister which alleged he wasted public funds

Ahram Online, Tuesday 20 May 2014
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Egypt's leading prosecutor for public funds cases has cleared world-renowned Egyptologist Zawi Hawass on charges of wasting public money and illicit gains.

Hawass, who served as antiquities minister under ousted president Hosni Mubarak, was also accused by former colleagues of neglecting Egypt's heritage sites and sending unique artefacts abroad, such as two Tutankhamun exhibitions in 2008.

Further complaints alleged that Hawass was guilty of illicit gains through his clothing line, which features photos of himself and Egyptian artefacts.

However, after two years of investigations into the complaints, Ahmed El-Bahrawi, First Attorney-General for Public Funds Prosecution, decided on Tuesday to dismiss the allegations.

This is not the first time such accusations have been levelled at Hawass. Past investigations have also cleared him of charges.

Investigations for this round of allegations showed that all Egyptian antiquities in question were displayed through legal means abroad and were secured against damage. Also, all revenues from the international exhibitions were placed in the government's coffers, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors also decided that the charges regarding Hawass' clothes line were invalid and that all documents submitted with the complaints were fake.

Hawass has gained prominence in the international media throughout his career, appearing in several documentaries and television series, including Chasing Mummies: The Amazing Adventures of Zahi Hawass, which was aired on the History Chanel in 2010.

Awarded a doctorate in Egyptology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1987, Hawass is the author and co-author of several books, his latest being Ancient African Kingdoms on the Nile: Nubia, released in 2012. He was profiled as one the world's 100 most influential people by Time magazine in 2006.

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Hani El-Masri
02-12-2014 07:49pm
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let's not forget...
Let's not forget that it was was the same judiciary that cleared Mubarak that cleared him... Same corruption of justice!!! The time for his demise has not come, yet ...!
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Luc Vanderkerken
03-06-2014 12:06am
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Passion is back !
Congratulations Dr. Hawass ! It's about time that this burden is over for you. After all you're the best ambassador to bring passion for Egyptology in the hearts of people. A born teacher and when hearing you, there's always that echo of this immense respect that lies deep in your heart for our Egyptian ancestors. Hope to see you soon!
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simple citizen
02-06-2014 09:22pm
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zahi hawas
What an arrogant self proclaimed dictator this miserable guy is. No one wants him back again
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Thea
21-05-2014 10:58pm
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About time!
It is about time! This man has dedicated his life to Egyptology! It's about time he was cleared! Congrats Dr. Hawass!
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Democracia
21-05-2014 09:59pm
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If it was not...
If it was not wasting public money by building a senseless illumination of the Luxor Mountains for 52 Million LE - most of the lights and lamps already destroyed by vandals, or a senseless and utmost ugly miles long wall (to shelter the antiquities, hahaha) for other millions and millions, then what means wasting public money?
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Miriam Berthauer
21-05-2014 09:41pm
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He's no good
This man has been his own god for so many years, I would love to see him go into oblivion.
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Allen
21-05-2014 06:47pm
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This guys arrogance had no limits.
Acted like Egypt's antiquities were his personal finds and possessions. Nice to see him off the air pontificating with excessive drama.
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Britta Le Va
21-05-2014 04:27am
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Cat with nine lives
The best thing what could happen to egypt after the election is the return of Dr. Hawass the foremost ambassador for egypt who will help with the rebuilding of the tourist sector and egypt needs that.
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