Here is a surprising news story: Egyptian Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs Zahi Hawass has been sentenced to one year of hard labor.
From Almasryalyoum Online:
Minister of State for Antiquities Zahi Hawass has been sentenced to one year of hard labor and a LE1000 fine for failing to fulfill a court ruling over a land dispute. He has also been relieved of his duties as minister.
The sentence was issued by Councilor Abdel Hakim Abdel Hafiz of the Giza Criminal Court.
The plaintiff had filed a lawsuit against Hawass — prior to his appointment as minister — in which he accused Hawass of failing to adhere to a court ruling in favor of his opponent over a land dispute when he was in charge of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA).
HT: Todd Bolen
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary
This an interesting story but it seems the situation might be fluid and an appeal is expected. Here is a link to Dr. Hawass’ blog where he explains some of the case.
Thank you for the link. I will write an update on Hawass’ story.