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Egyptian Museum Receives 45 Boxes of Mohamed Ali Family Jewels

    Fatheya el-Dakhakhni    7/ 5/ 2009

Armored police vehicles transferring the boxes

The Supreme Council for Antiquities announced that the Egyptian Museum yesterday received 45 boxes of the Mohamed Ali family jewels. They have been in the custody of the Central Bank since the 1952 Revolution.
Dr. Zahi Hawass, Secretary-General of the Council, said there are 26 boxes full of jewels and 4 boxes full of documents. He explained that there was a lawsuit in 1976 accusing a member of the committee in charge of the boxes of misappropriation, but the Attorney-General Abdel Meguid Mahmoud at the time ended the investigation because the accused died.
Nabila Habib, general manager of the museums, said the boxes will be kept at the museum as a deposit of the Public Prosecution, and that the inventory will begin immediately after the prosecution orders the confiscation of their contents for the benefit of the Supreme Council of Antiquities to display in museums.
Abdel Hafez Abdel Kerim, general supervisor of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said the Tourism and Antiquities Police transferred the boxes in an armored vehicle guarded by 20 other police cars.

Translated from the Arabic by Eltorjoman International

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