9 people receive jail sentence for stealing artifacts from Egypt's Great Pyramid

9 people receive jail sentence for stealing artifacts from Egypt's Great Pyramid
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An Egyptian court has sentenced three Germans and six Egyptians to five years in jail for stealing an ancient scroll, as well as rock samples, from Egypt's Great Pyramid.

The Germans apparently said they were "researchers" in order to avoid suspicion. The six Egyptians included three employees of the country's antiquities ministry, as well as two pyramid guards and the director of a travel agency.

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