The Misdemeanor Court in Agouza, Cairo, issued a decree today, June 15th 2011, stating that Dr. Zahi Hawass, Minister of State for Antiquities, has been declared innocent from the charges against him.
There has been an ongoing case concerning the bookshop at the Egyptian Museum. On several occasions, a claimant has raised accusations against the Ministry of State for Antiquities (formerly the Supreme Council of Antiquities) and against myself, as Minister (formerly Secretary General). Despite a court ruling in November 2010 that I was innocent, the claimant continued to push his case to court.
On 8th June 2011, a representative from the Department of Legal Affairs at the MSA presented a paper to the court to once again prove our innocence. Legal representation for the claimant requested permission to review the document and the judge subsequently postponed the case until today.
The court reached a decision and today, 15th June 2011, I have been declared innocent from the charges held against me. Today is a very special day for me. The MSA, and myself personally, will always hold the laws of Egypt in the highest regard.
The MSA, and myself personally, have always held the laws of Egypt and the ruling of our courts in the highest regard and we will continue to do so.
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