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Egypt sentences 3 Germans over antiquities’ theft

November 11, 2014

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court has sentenced nine people, including three Germans who were tried in absentia, to five years in prison for theft and smuggling of antiquities.

The Giza Criminal Court issued its ruling on Tuesday, concluding that the men had chipped off a piece of stone from the burial chamber of King Khufu inside the Great Pyramid. The men were apparently trying to prove a theory that the pyramids was built by a civilization pre-dating the ancient Egyptians. German prosecutors identified two of the convicted Germans as Stefan Erdmann and Dominique Goerlitz, who is described in the German press as an “experimental archaeologist.”

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