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Hawass denies involvement in antiquities theft

Zahi Hawass, the former minister of state for antiquities affairs rejects all accusations against him and asserts that they are unfounded

Nevine El-Aref , Monday 14 Mar 2011
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Zahi Hawass, the former Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs has declared that allegations that he is an intermediary for stolen artefacts are totally unfounded and he considers these accusations a serious insult, without proof or documentation.

Hawass told Ahram Online that since 2002, when he took office at the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) as secretary-general, he has worked hard to protect and preserve Egypt’s antiquities and archaeological sites, as well as developing  the skills of archaeologists and restorers and improving their living standards.

During his tenure, he continued, 47 state-of-the-art museum storehouses have been built in several archaeological sites and supplied with alarm systems and televised circuit control.

The national project for the documentation of Egypt’s antiquities, which had never been previously recorded, has been implemented as well as the appointment of 8,000 professional guards. Hawass also pointed out that a number of archaeological experts have been allocated to all airports and seaports around Egypt, in order to tighten security measures and prevent any smuggling attempts.

“I also fought in parliament to obtain approval for the new antiquities law, which increases the penalties on antiquities trafficking,” he affirmed.

Hawass denied that the theft at the archaeological warehouses in Zagazig took place during his tenure, stating that “on the contrary this happened during the term of the former SCA’s secretary-general, Abdel Halim Noureddin.”

The thefts of antiquities, Hawass asserted, are the direct responsibility of the Tourism and Antiquities Police, the inspectors and heads of sectors. “The role of the secretary-general is regulatory and managerial. He is in charge of following-up on the work of the council, reporting any negligence and punishing those who are in charge,” he maintained.

Hawass denied signing an agreement with the National Geographic Society, and asserted that it was a protocol whereby Egypt received a CT-scan machine worth $5 million, for Egyptian scientists to conduct research on the mummy of Tutankhamen.  In return, he added, the National Geographic Society filmed the scientific work.  At the same time, National Geographic paid an additional $60,000 to the treasury of the SCA..

 

 

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mhmd
25-05-2011 04:01am
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oh really?
bobby, hawas is the only thing that stands between looters and treasures of Egypt just like Mubarak was the only thing that stands between Egypt and total chaos.. tell me something i haven't heard before. Hawas and farouk hosny should be prosecuted for completely Egypt's culture and heritage, promoting themselves instead of real artists and hard working young archeologists. shame.
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bobby
22-03-2011 12:32am
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dr hawass
dr hawass is the only thing that stands between looters and the treasures of egypt
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Jose Carlos Castaneda
21-03-2011 03:17am
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Hawass great mouth
It is completely unacceptable Hawass commentary about Dr. Abdel Halim Nour Eddin. He is one of the best and respectfully professors at Cairo University, one of the best specialists about Demotic writing in Egypt and in the world. I think it is time that Egyptian archaeologists and academics say the truth about Hawass and his administration in the Supreme Council, and about his relationship with Mubarak family in the last years. Now it is the time. Only Hawass mouth is bigger than his egolatry. But this is too much against a real Egyptian academic. Is he, Hawass, really one?
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Sami
20-03-2011 08:27pm
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He said that "the Jews control the entire world"
In an interview on Egyptian television in April 2009, Hawass stated that "although Jews are few in number, they control the entire world" How can one respect a man who talks nonsense? He did renovate the Maimonides synagogue but immediately after the renovation was completed he stopped Jews from praying there and closed down the facility.
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LB
16-03-2011 10:40pm
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Dr. Hawass
More on the Pharaoh!!! Did you get my email on amazon and iodine?? Bacci amore.
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Zeina
16-03-2011 10:24am
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Even if you quit Dr. Zahi Hawass you will tried?
Out of my love for Egypt and my deep interest in the integrity of its history and future, I’m putting in front of you some important evidence about Dr. Zahi Hawass’ involvement in a conspiracy not only to deface Egyptian civilization but also to fabricate and tailor its history to suit a certain ag...enda. Whether a commercial agenda or a zionist agenda, Hawass’ practices are surely against all scientific and scholarly ethics. The story starts with the King Tut Ankh Amun exhibition which has been on tour in Europe, North America and Australia. The exhibition is by National Geographic, organized by Arts & Exhibitions International and AEG Exhibitions in association with The Supreme Council of Antiquities of Egypt. But why is National Geographic so involved? The answer is simple and lies in the name Rupert Murdoch, the owner of the Fox Cable Networks and Fox Entertainment Group (News Corporation), which owns the National Geographic. Rupert Murdoch for those who don’t know is a r
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Ahmed M Ibrahim
15-03-2011 11:17am
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Dr.Hawass
Dr.Hawass has earned world wide recognition for his services to Egyptian antiquity. Those who are trying to malign his reputation are enemies of Egypt and should not be trusted.
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Donnie
15-03-2011 04:05am
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So What if he did?
I have observed Zahi Hawass for many years now and even if he did, artifacts do not pay for themselves and you have to find alternatives to obtain resources to manage their care otherwise the traficcers have free rain.
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