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Three arrested for 'breaking off and selling' pieces of Giza pyramids

Ahram Online , Saturday 6 Feb 2016
Giza pyramids
This Aug. 30, 2015, photo, shows camels resting between rides with their owners against the backdrop of the pyramids in Giza, Egypt (AP)
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Three men were arrested on Saturday for breaking off and selling pieces of one of the Giza pyramids, after a video showing bidding on the artefacts went viral online.

The men were detained for four days by Haram Prosecution on charges of vandalising antiquities, trading in antiquities and committing fraud.

According to an interior ministry statement, the arrests were made following a complaint by the general director of the Giza Pyramids archaeological area.

The police added that the three men confessed to breaking off and selling pieces of the pyramids and gave details about the sale process. The handsize chunks of rock sold for around EGP 250 (about $32), the police said.

Privately owned Egyptian news site Dot Masr decided to investigate media reports that “pieces of the pyramid were being sold”, resulting in the video of the sale, the website said.

The editors of the website were able to “buy a piece of the pyramids for EGP 300” following an agreement with one of the men, who is now in police custody, to buy chunks of the pyramid in order to send to a friend abroad.

The video sparked outrage on social media, with many users calling on the antiquities and tourism ministries to “save the pyramids.”

Pictures and videos taken by a German tourist who climbed to the top of the Great Pyramid of Giza also went viral online earlier this month; Andrej Ciesielski was caught by police on his descent but released. Egyptian authorities have said he will face a lifetime ban from entering Egypt.
 

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expat
06-02-2016 10:38pm
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i will never ever stop laughing about this country....
tell me one thing...the big world wonder,the pyramids,should be the number one place for security and surveilance,right? because your last few tourists are so much wanted.... now,obviously,the police stationed there,the surveillance cameras etc etc etc just fell asleep while idiots with hammers start to break off parts of the last standing old world wonder..... could anybody in the world,in any country imagine such neglectence/stupidness/failure of a so to be high security nation??? the deeper reason for this happening is,that the own population sees the ancient artefacts as haram and not belonging to their heritage...
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Al
06-02-2016 03:23pm
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Where are the security
Where are the incompetent Egyptian security? are they so busy arresting, jailing, and killing innocent youth; they don't have enough resources to guard Egypt treasures? The incompetent minister of interior should be fired!!
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