Friday 30 September 2016

'Dodgy gizas' made a pharaoh profit? Three held in Egypt over 'pyramid scheme'

Published 06/02/2016 | 17:11

The pyramids at Giza pictured during a flypast by the RAF's Red Arrows
The pyramids at Giza pictured during a flypast by the RAF's Red Arrows

Three people have been arrested in Egypt after they appeared in a video selling stones from the 4,500-year-old Giza Pyramids to undercover journalists.

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The Interior Ministry announced the arrests on Saturday, after journalists from dotmsr, a local website, used a hidden camera to capture horse carriage drivers selling two stones for 250 Egyptian pounds (£22).

One of the men, whose face was blurred in the video, bragged about selling stones to foreign tourists for up to 500 euro (£385).

The pyramids, which were used as sacred burial structures, were built in the fourth Pharaonic dynasty. The Great Pyramid is the oldest and only surviving monument of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

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