General Prosecutor Abdel Meguid Mahmoud said former Antiquities Minister Zahi Hawass is accused of wasting public money and stealing antiquities for arranging Tutankhamun exhibitions in the United States and Australia, Egypt’s Ahram Online reported.
The deal Hawass made allowed the transfer and display of 143 objects from the Egyptian Museum to Washington in 2003.
Egypt’s director of archaeological sites has requested the objects be returned to the museum.
The case against Hawass has been turned over to the Public Fund Prosecution Office.
As far as Egyptian antiguities is concerned. The loan and the main term here is LOAN of these artifacts to America should be taken as just that. A loan, with arrangements for their return at a specified time. I’m no supporter of Hawass; but this IS a case of a loan. He did NOT give the U.S. any egyptian antiguities. Sounds like the new Egyptian government is doing a bit of pandering to its baser elements. Muscle flexing and posturing, as it seems. I’m certain the U.S. will return, in good order, all items of the loan at the time agreed to.