Another example of the malediction upon this group, Mr.
Mohammed Mehri, director of the Department of Egyptian Antiquities at the Museum
of Cairo, died suddenly from a cerebral hemorrhage, shortly after having signed
an agreement in 1967 with the French Government, which set out the terms by
which the treasure of Tut Ankh Amon would leave Egypt for the banks of the
Seine, the exposition which would take place at the Petit Palais in Paris lasted
several weeks and allowed, it will be remembered, more than a million visitors
to stand face to face with the golden mask of the mummified Pharaoh.
Coincidence or collision of curses, the successor of the
unfortunate government employee had just become victim of another
"accident," under the same conditions and for the same reasons. We are
talking about Mr. Gamal Mehrez of whom the newspapers recorded the death in
February of 1972: he had just signed an agreement concerning the exposition of
Tut Ankh Amon which was to be organized in London in the near future, when he
was struck down by a cerebral hemorrhage.