Egypt's popular hero and recently non-elected Minister of Antiquities Zahi Hawass has followed his
courageous defence of the Cairo Museum's collections by announcing a tough stance on the looters
he apprehended there last Friday.
Speaking from the basement of the museum, which is connected by a network of tunnels to his lair
beneath the Giza plateau, Hawass announced that he would take personal responsibility for
punishing the three criminals caught inside the museum's Tutankhamun galleries.
"These enemies of Egypt will be expelled immediately from the country - I will see to it
myself! We must make sure they cannot collude against us again - that is why I will be
sending one of them to London, one to Berlin and one to Paris. Their evil desires to
break into museums and remove artefacts from their longstanding homes in secure cases
have absolutely no place in Egypt."
Keen not to appear overly draconian, Hawass explained that the expelled looters would
have some hope of return to Egypt in the future, provided they show remorse and a
renewed respect for Egypt's antiquities. It was for this reason, he said, that he
would be providing them with directions to the famous Egyptian antiquity collections
held by the respective museums in their cities of exile. "Let us only hope that they
can visit these wonders without giving in to their baser urges," said Hawass. "When
they do return to Cairo, they will still be carrying with them a great deal of
shame. It is for this reason - and this reason alone - that I have booked each of
them a return flight together with a large volume of cargo space. To carry the shame."
As we went to press, Hawass was hard at work clearing new gallery space in the newly
secured Cairo museum. His progress was reportedly being slowed by
frequent interludes spent rubbing his hands together and mumbling to himself conspiratorially.
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