The suspects are charged of trying to take a sculpture of Ramses II from the old southerly city of Aswan.
Egyptian authorities have detained three individuals for attempting to swipe a millennia-old 10-tonne statue of Pharaoh Ramses II.
The accuseds were caught in a quarry south of the city of Aswan with hand-operated excavating tools as well as a crane, Egypt’s Public Prosecution announced on Facebook on Tuesday.
They are thought of planning to raise the giant out of the ground and also to “excavate classical times in the location”, the prosecutor’s office said, adding it had actually “ordered 3 defendants be held in wardship for 4 days pending examinations” and also asked the police to “swiftly explore others who were entailed … in the crime”.
The Antiquities Authority in Aswan has confirmed the “antiquity [of the statue] and associated it to Ramses II, with a weight of around 10 tonnes”, the statement added.
An investigation of the suspects’ mobile phones exposed that they had actually sent out video clips of excavating procedures and of what seem old sculptures by means of social messaging apps.
Ramses II, one of the most popular pharaohs of the 19th empire, ruled for 67 years. He was called a great warrior and respected contractor who bought the building and construction of holy places throughout Egypt.
Egypt has lost numerous classical times to looters, both people and foreign federal governments that colonised Egypt in the past.
Over the previous years, the country has actually recovered regarding 29,000 antiquities discovered to have actually been taken abroad via bogus methods.
Last Updated: 11 January 2023