Egypt has many rare artifacts that were recently discovered and cannot be counted.
The man and his wife are convicted of artifact trafficking.
The falcon-headed statue dates back to the fourth century BC.
Egypt's Law No. 117 of 1983 for the Protection of Antiquities stipulated many penalties that pursue any encroachments on archaeological areas.
Rateb had funded Hassanein and a gang he leads to commit the crime.
Rateb was arrested in late June 2021 over charges of providing millions of Egyptian pounds to former MP Alaa Hassanin and his brother to help them in illegal digging for antiquities.
To protect these valuable discoveries and more still unearthed, Egypt has adopted a law regulating the process, preventing any excavation practices carried out outside scientific missions.
Enani began the meeting by welcoming the Swiss Ambassador, stressing the close relations between Egypt and Switzerland in various fields.
Anyone who intentionally demolishes antiquities will be imprisoned for a period not exceeding seven years, and a fine of no less than L.E. 500,000, according to Law on the Protection of Antiquities in Egypt.
The building was used in the Roman era, he said, adding that some internal modifications were implemented to the building, such as making an entrance to it from the north side.
This was stated by Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri.
The artifacts are set to be prepared to be showcased in the main exhibition halls.
The investigations revealed that Rateb provided millions of Egyptian pounds to Hassanin and his brother to help them in the illegal excavation.
A source revealed that one of the workers responsible for lining the canals in the Qift District found the head of a statue and suspected it is an antiquity.
When interrogated, all members of the gang confessed to committing the crime.
A southern Cairo court judge on Wednesday ordered the detention of Egyptian businessman Hassan Rateb for another 45 days pending investigation over funding a former MP in illegal excavation operations.
A southern Cairo court judge ordered the detention of Egyptian businessman Hassan Rateb for another 15 days pending investigation over funding a former MP in illegal excavation operations.
During the conference, Enani reviewed in his presentation the latest developments in the current situation of the tourism and antiquities file.
Ambassador of Japan to Cairo Noke Masaki expressed his appreciation of the fruitful cooperation between the two countries in the fields of tourism and culture.
A committee from the Supreme Council of Antiquities said all the seized antiquities date back to the Egyptian civilizations and belong to different ages, including the Prehistoric, Pharaonic, Greek, Roman and Islamic ages, according to the prosecution’s statement.