CAIRO - 25 October 2022: The Egyptian Public Prosecution ordered the pretrial detention of five defendants pending investigation on charges of stealing antiquities from the headquarters of the Museum of the Faculty of Archeology at Sohag University.
The Attorney General’s Office monitored news circulating on various social media sites about the theft of artifacts from the university museum in Sohag governorate, in conjunction with receiving a report from the police confirming the theft of some artifacts at the Museum of the Faculty of Archeology at Sohag University, and then the Public Prosecution took over the investigations.
The surveillance cameras at the university and the museum showed that the defendants entered the museum by breaking the locks of its iron door, and broke the windows displaying the glass artifacts to steal.
The university’s dean, head of the Islamic Archeology Department, museum curator, and university security director confirmed to the Pthe theft of more than fifty artifacts out of about 673 pieces in the museum attributed to different eras.
The Public Prosecution commissioned the police to conduct investigations into the incident, which were able to identify the perpetrators of the crime, so they arrested them and seized the stolen items in their possession.
The Public Prosecution ordered the pretrial detention of the accused, pending investigations, and examination of the seizures to determine their antiquity, and investigations are being completed.