The Cairo Criminal Court rejected the appeal of the former parliamentarian accused in the Great Antiquities case, Alaa Hassanein, known as “the deputy of the jinn and the demons.”
The appeal against the Public Prosecution’s order to detain him in custody pending the case, in which he is accused with businessman Hassan Ratib, and 17 others, was rejected, and the court ordered his detention for 45 days pending investigations.
And last June, the Public Prosecutor ordered the detention of 19 defendants in pretrial detention for excavating, trafficking and smuggling antiquities outside the country, as the Public Prosecution received investigations from the Anti-Public Funds Crimes Department, which resulted in a gang formation consisting of 19 people trading in looted antiquities, embezzled by operations Funded exploration and drilling in separate areas throughout the republic, in order to sell it inside the country and smuggle it abroad for the same purpose, so the Public Prosecution began investigations.
The Public Prosecution issued a warrant for the arrest of the accused, Alaa Hassanein, the leader of the gang formation, and another accused last June, when coins were found in his possession, suspected of antiquity.
Statues, stones, coins and collectibles suspected of antiquity were also found in the car in which he was traveling, and by interrogating the accused about what was attributed to him from his gang formation management for the purpose of smuggling antiquities outside the country, and conducting excavations to excavate, smuggle and trade in them, he denied all the accusations, and denied his connection to the seizures and his connection to the rest of the accused except seized with him.
The Public Prosecution also interrogated 17 defendants, some of whom were arrested in excavation and excavation sites, in possession of suspected antiquities and tools for excavation work.
The Public Prosecution also seized 4 excavation and excavation sites, and a committee formed by the Supreme Council of Antiquities confirmed that these places are subject to the Antiquities Protection Law, as they are archaeological sites, stressing that the excavation in them was for the purpose of excavating for antiquities, and that the 227 seized pieces belong to the accused’s civilizations. Egyptian history is different between Pharaonic, Greek, Roman and Islamic history, and it is also subject to the Antiquities Protection Law.