The Information Systems and Digital Transformation Department of the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced the loss of fingerprint No. 13533 of the Republic’s emblem, known as the “Eagle Seal.”
On the tenth page of its Tuesday issue, Al-Jumhuriya newspaper (government) published the ministry’s announcement within the place designated for announcing the lost items.
Egyptian newspapers quoted sources in the ministry as saying that publishing the advertisement is a legal procedure to be able to extract a replacement for the lost seal.
In the event that the seal of the Republic’s emblem is lost, stolen, or damaged, it shall be published in 3 consecutive issues of the Official Gazette and in widely circulated daily newspapers, in contrast to other legal measures so that these seals are not misused in fraud, forgery or misappropriation.
According to Egyptian law, the eagle’s seal is expressed in the decree issued on December 10, 1923, regarding the state emblem and seal.
The decree states, in its fifth article, that “preserving the state seal is entrusted to the Minister of Haqqaniyah (currently Justice), and he is charged with imprinting laws, decrees, treaties, credentials and other official documents that, given their importance and the established traditions, must be stamped with the state seal.”
The Currency Minting Authority undertakes the manufacture and supply of the seals of the Republic’s emblem, and each stamp has a fingerprint or a code number complementing the stamp itself, so that it is easy to infer to know the authority that added the official character to the document by stamping it with the eagle stamp.
The General Administration of Contracts, Procurement and Stores at the Ministry of Finance maintains a notebook that contains all the seals of the official republic emblem and the complementary stamp to it. According to the Egyptian penal code, the punishment for imitating the eagle seal ranges from 5 to 7 years in prison.
Last Saturday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs called on Egyptian citizens looking for job opportunities abroad to limit contracting in this regard through intermediary companies licensed to engage in Egyptian labor abroad by the Ministry of Manpower, and not to deal with suspicious people and websites.
This came in light of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs monitoring cases of Egyptian citizens dealing with unofficial websites to search for job opportunities abroad, which exposes them to fraudulent operations by these sites.