Ashraf Mohi, director general of the Giza Plateau, has asserted to Ahram Online that a video uploaded recently to social media showing a couple climbing to the summit of the Great Pyramid of Giza and getting naked is fake.
The video, which has sparked outrage among Egyptians, depicts a man and a woman climbing to the top of what appears to be the Great Pyramid of Giza, with a still image at the end of the video showing them in a naked embrace.
Mohi is convinced that the video is fake given the fact that there is heavy security at the pyramids from the time the area closes at 5pm. He also asserted that the area around the pyramids is too brightly lit in the video, and that this area is immersed in darkness during night time.
Climbing pyramids is punishable by law in Egypt.
The video was uploaded to YouTube on 5 December by self-described Danish photographer Andreas Hvid, who posts images on social media of different sites from high vantage points around the world, sometimes depicting nudity.
Many have criticised the couple for their video, saying it displays a disregard for Egypt’s laws and conservative society.
Mohi said that he would submit a report on the matter to the prosecutor-general for investigation.