CAIRO: After chiseled-off chips of the 4,400-year-old Giza’s Pyramids were sold them to tourists for 250 EGP ($31,) the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities formed a committee of experts to investigate three vendors accused of defacing the national treasure.
General prosecution sentenced Sunday the three vendors to four days in jail pending the investigations; it also issued arrest warrant against the tourists who bought the chippings, Youm7 reported.
The vendors, who provide camel rides for tourists visiting the archaeological site, have confessed their crime of selling pieces of the pyramid of Menkawre for tourists for prices ranging from 250 EGP ($31) to 5,000 EGP.
The crime was recorded when Facebook user Fatma Abed posted on Jan. 31 that her friend Mostafa Youssef saw “people selling tourists broken pieces of the Pyramids.” She added that “people break pieces of the pyramids by using hammers in front of the tourists.” Since then, Giza Pyramids area has seen a security alert.
Last week, Egypt has banned a German man from entering Egypt for life after he illegally climbed the Great Pyramids to capture breathtaking views. For more than 20 years, Egypt has banned ascending Giza Pyramids after several people fell.