The officials, including Deputy Culture Minister Mohsen Shalaan and the museum’s director, were each sentenced Tuesday to three years in prison and were released on $1,800 bail each pending appeal.
During interrogations, Shalaan claimed he reported the museum’s security deficiencies to his superiors and that he had asked Culture Minister Farouk Hosni for a budget of $7 million to improve surveillance systems. He said he was only allotted $88,000.
Hosni later testified and presented documents showing a presidential decree approving more than $10 million to upgrade the museum. The painting, valued between $50 million and $55 million, is still missing. – LA Times