Zahi Hawass, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Emeritus, is still making news in Egypt

Wednesday, July 27, 2011 – 14:59

Since 2002, revenue from overseas exhibitions of rare artifacts has gone to the family of toppled President Hosni Mubarak, an Egyptian antiquities official alleged Tuesday.

Abdel Rahman al-Aidy, head of the Central Department for the Artifacts of Central Egypt, said during a press conference on Tuesday that the attorney general had yet to take action on 21 reports Aidy filed calling for an investigation into well-known former Antiquities Minister Zahi Hawass and his aides.

He said he had prepared a list of the “five chief corrupt figures at the Supreme Council of Antiquities,” and added that he will file a report against them this week.

Meanwhile, Hawass has denied the accusation, saying a King Tut exhibition in the US generated US$70 million for Egypt, funds he said were used to finance the construction of the Grand Egyptian Museum. ...

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  • Nicole Hansen

    According to Akhbar alYoum Newspaper, the chief prosecutor has forbidden Zahi Hawass from traveling abroad until investigation of all the cases filed against him is complete.

    • Nicole – Thanks for the heads up, and for stopping by. … Do you have a link — preferably to the English version of the story, but, if not, the Arabic one?  

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