Zahi Hawass says allegations that he smuggled Egyptian heirlooms out of the country have been made up by a disgruntled antiquities employee, writes Nevine El-Aref
Zahi Hawass, minister of state for antiquities affairs, has asked Prosecutor-General Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud to conduct the necessary investigations into allegations published in Al-Wafd newspaper accusing him of smuggling Egyptian antiquities abroad on behalf of the family of former president Hosni Mubarak.
The newspaper quoted archaeologist Nour Abdel-Samad, who accused Hawass of enabling a group of Zionists and suspect Jewish Zionist organisations such as National Geographic to enter the Egyptian Museum eight years ago and mishandle ancient Egyptian mummies.
Hawass told Al-Ahram Weekly that the accusations in Al-Wafd were unfounded and nonsensical. He said it was insulting to aim abusive language at him without any evidence to confirm such claims.
Saturday, February 26, 2011
More re Hawass contesting accusations published in Al Wafd
Al Ahram Weekly (Nevine El-Aref)