Posted on: Saturday, May 20, 2023 – 3:33 AM | Last updated: Saturday 20 May 2023 – 3:33 AM
Adel Abdel Hamid Mujahid, the lawyer of the artist, Ghada Wali, who is accused of stealing the designs of a Russian artist (as he claims / the Public Prosecution is under investigation), responded to the accusations against his client.
And he said, during a telephone conversation with the “Al-Hekaya” program presented by the media, Amr Adib, on “mbc Egypt”, on Friday evening, that they were late in responding for quasi-political reasons – according to his expression, indicating that the accusation was an elaborate fabrication.--
He added that President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi honored her twice at the Youth Conference and assigned her to conduct the visual identity of Luxor, considering what happened with Ghada Wali as a conspiracy against Egyptian art.
He continued, “The subway incident is unreal and is quick to insult the Egyptian artist..Egypt has two-thirds of the world’s antiquities..Is Ghada waiting for a painting from outside Egypt and stealing it..This artist is the one who stole designs from our Pharaonic antiquities.”
And he continued, “I mean, he (the Russian artist) entered the metro and saw the picture. He never entered Egypt. This is a conspiracy from 2013.”
He pointed out that the aim of these accusations is to demolish Ghada Wali due to the similarity of her name to the Wali family, continuing: “The goal was to dismiss Ghada Wali (the former Minister of Solidarity) because of her position on the Brotherhood and to dismiss Issam Wali (the former head of the National Authority for Tunnels),” appealing to the president. Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to discuss this matter.
And she considered that the tunnels authority made a mistake when it removed the pictures of the plates from the metro stations in 2018 (when the first accusation was leveled against Ghada Wali), stressing that the investigations will soon show what he called the “mistake” of the authority.
He denied what was reported about Wali selling the paintings (accused of stealing them) for millions of pounds, saying: “They say we took 100 million pounds … We sold the painting for 9,000 pounds.”