"Until recently Zahi Hawass, Egypt’s antiquities minister, was a global symbol of Egyptian national pride. A famous archaeologist in an Indiana Jones hat, he was virtually unassailable in the old Egypt, protected by his success in boosting tourism, his efforts to reclaim lost artifacts and his closeness to the country’s first lady, Suzanne Mubarak. ..."
Hawass maybe have done good things for archaeology in Egypt, but he is a bully. He recently told an American journalist he had thick files of dirt on archaeologists that had criticised him ... so when he's resorting to those sorts of lies (see also his claims not to have supported Mubarak after going on the BBC to do so), it no longer become a matter of opinion if he's right or wrong, and I for one hope he's made to resign and the charges against him are properly investigated so that he can either be condemned or found innocent once and for all. Since National Geographic, who pay him highly to be their Explorer in Residence, is owned by News International, currently embroiled in a phone hacking and bribing police scandal, I assume they don't object to his methods.