The Court Case Against Zahi Hawass

Zahi Hawass, the Minister of State for Antiquities of Egypt, has issued a statement explaining the decision in the court case Against him.  He wrote:

The National Council of Egypt’s Administrative Court issued a decree today (April 18, 2011) accepting a proposal to stop the recent court ruling against me in my former role as Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, in a case involving the bookstore at the Egyptian Museum. This decree specifies that I will not serve any jail time, and states that I will remain in my position as Minister of State for Antiquities.

 The story began last year, when we were taking bids from different companies to run a book store inside the Egyptian Museum. There is a person, who was renting a bookstore inside the Museum. He wanted to stop the bidding process, because he thought he should keep his contract. This person filed a case with the Misdemeanor Court in Agouza, Cairo, in order to stop the bidding process. This case was filed against the Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), not against me personally, but against the role I was holding at that time.

Read Hawass’s complete explanation here.

Claude Mariottini
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary

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