Three men who were breaking off and selling pieces of the Giza Pyramids were arrested on Saturday, after a video of the selling process went viral.
Following a claim made by Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities that there was no illegal selling and buying being made by people working at the Pyramids, private Egyptian media website Dot Masr went undercover to further investigate.
The undercover reporters recorded the transaction, and a video showing one of the men breaking off and selling pieces of the Pyramids for 250-300 EGP (32-38 USD) went viral.
The illegal vendors also said that the pieces could be sold to foreigners for anywhere between 100-500 Euros.
According to an Interior Ministry statement, the illegal vendors were arrested following a complaint made by the general director of the Giza Pyramids archaeological area.
According to the police, the three men confessed to breaking off and selling pieces of the pyramids and have been charged with vandalizing and trading in antiquities, and fraud. The men were detained for four days by Haram Prosecution.
The video of the transaction angered many, and resulted in people asking for the resignation of the Minister of Antiquities. This video also followed a viral video of a German tourist Andrej Ciesielski illegally climbing to the top of one of the Giza Pyramids – according to Egyptian authorities, he will face a lifetime ban from entering Egypt.
*Information gathered from Ahram Online and Egyptian Streets.