Egypt’s General Prosecution has accused Rateb of funding former MP Alaa Hassanin for illegal digging for antiquities.
Several citizens have been arrested over the past weeks for illegally digging under their houses in Giza in search for artifacts.
Illegal excavation is punished by a prison term of 5 to 7 years and a fine of not less than LE 5,000($284) and not more than LE 7,000 ($397).
Egyptian law imprisons for 5 to 7 years anyone who is proven guilty of illegal excavation for antiquities.
Two criminals were transporting antiquities among other artifacts in a car in Minya governorate.
excavation has been maximized up to life imprisonment, with a considerable fine in addition, said Minister of Antiquities Khaled Anani Wednesday