Egypt releases 3 charged with breaking, selling Giza Pyramids pieces
Tourists ride camels at the historical site of the Giza Pyramids in Giza, near Cairo, Egypt. Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson says it’s still his belief the great pyramids Egypt were built by the Biblical figure Joseph to store grain, and not as tombs for pharaohs. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

CAIRO: Three camel vendors at the Giza Pyramids who were detained over charges of breaking pieces of the 4,400 year-old monument with hammers and selling them to tourists, were released Wednesday evening and fined 5,000 EGP ($638) each, Youm7 reported.

On Feb. 6, the vendors, who provide camel rides for tourists visiting the archaeological site, were arrested at the Pyramid site after they have been recorded while they sell the tourists the pieces.

According to a statement by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, they  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 General Prosecution has appealed against their release.

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