Six Egyptians (two inspectors of the Supreme Council of Antiquities and four others from the security personnel and a travel agent) have been jailed since February because they allegedly assisted German tourists in April 2013 to take a small sample of red paint from the Cartouche of King Khufu in the Great Pyramid. But now new official evidence has been found that the sample of red paint from the Cartouche was taken in 2006 during the time of Zahi Hawass, which proves the innocence of the six Egyptians.
On April 17, 2013 three German tourists obtained a permit from the Supreme Council of the Antiquities to have a private visit in the Great Pyramid from 6 to 8 p.m. They were accompanied by their travel agent, two inspectors from antiquities, and three security guards. While inside the pyramid the Germans were allowed to enter the so-called Relief Chambers above the King’s Chamber. Without telling their intentions to the Egyptian inspectors, the Germans scrapped about two milligram sample of paint from ancient graffiti painted in red ochre. The Germans then took the sample to Germany. In November 2013 the Germans posted a video on the internet showing how they took the sample.
Upon seeing this video on the Internet Dr. Zahi Hawass, the ex-minister of Antiquities, gave an interview to Masry El Youm on the 10th December 2013 in which he accused the Germans of stealing the Cartouche of Khufu and demanding that they and the 6 Egyptians who allegedly assisted them be severely punished. Hawass also accused the new Minister of Antiquities of being responsible for this crime. But a week later, on the 17 December 2013, inspectors of antiquities investigated the Relief Chamber in the Great Pyramid and found that the Cartouche was still there, although some paint sample had been scrapped off. This can be clearly seen from the three white marks on the top left part of the Cartouche. The inspectors presented official photographs of the Cartouche to the Minister of Antiquities, Dr. Mohammad Ibrahim (see photo. 1).
In March 2013 the author Robert Bauval and professor Dr. Robert Schoch of Boston University provided official photographs from 2006 to the Minister of Antiquities, Mohammad Ibrahim, showing that the Cartouche was exactly the same as in the photographs of December 2013 supplied by the Inspectors (see photo. 2). Dr. Schoch also provided another official photograph taken in 2004 showing that the Cartouche was untouched (see photo. 3). These official photographs prove conclusively that the sample of paint from the Cartouche was taken between 2004 and 2006, when Dr. Zahi Hawass was responsible for the Giza Pyramids. There is also official photographic and video evidence that Dr. Hawass inspected the Cartouche several times after 2006 but omitted to report the crime (photos 4 and 5).
Although a new investigation has been approved by the Dr. Mohammad Ibrahim on the 27 March 2014, no action has been taken so far, and the 6 innocent Egyptians remain in jail. It is hope that a new investigation will be carried out as soon as possible so that the truth about the Cartouche is confirmed and that these innocent men be freed.