Zahi Hawass acquitted of illicit gain charges Al-Masry Al-Youm
Ibrahim al-Heneidy, chairman of the Illicit Gain Authority, has acquitted Zahi Hawass, the former minister of antiquities, of the charges that were filed against him to that effect. Hawass’s lawyer said reports of the Justice Ministry experts said all income sources of his client proved to be legitimate. He also said the Money Laundering Department received clearance from abroad that Hawass has no bank accounts in foreign countries. Investigation found out that Hawass’s sources of income were from the 43 books he wrote and the lectures he delivered abroad. A number of Ministry of Antiquities employees had filed three complaints against Hawass, accusing him of stealing antiquities and selling them abroad. “The complaints filed against me were all spiteful,” Hawass said.