Saturday 08 January 2022
Books – Tarek Samir:
Today, Saturday, the Cairo Criminal Court will consider the trial of former parliamentarian Alaa Hassanein, businessman Hassan Rateb and 21 other defendants in the case of trafficking and smuggling antiquities.
The case is scheduled to be heard before the 9th Circuit, north of Cairo, held in Abbasiya, after the 16th Circuit of the Old Egypt Criminal Court renounced the case due to its embarrassment.
The prosecution charged Alaa Hassanein with forming and managing a gang for the purpose of smuggling antiquities out of the country, destroying movable antiquities by deliberately separating part of them, trading antiquities and participating with an unknown person by agreement in forging antiquities with the intent of fraud.
The Public Prosecution charged Hassan Ratib with participating with Hassanein in the gang he runs by financing it to implement its criminal plans, as well as his participation in the crime of excavating works in 4 sites with the intention of obtaining antiquities without a license and trading in them.
The Public Prosecution assigned the remaining defendants to join the aforementioned gang, some of them concealed antiquities with the intention of smuggling, and they carried out excavations in the four mentioned sites with the intention of obtaining antiquities without a license.
The Public Prosecution stated that it had established evidence by the defendants from the testimony of fifteen witnesses, including the conduct of the investigations and those responsible for apprehending the accused, in implementation of the permission of the Public Prosecution. Watching the phones of some of the accused, including video clips and pictures of antiquities and excavation sites, and conversations that took place between them about them.
The evidence included the conclusions of the committee formed by the Supreme Council of Antiquities of examining the seized artifacts and watching the video clips and pictures referred to on the phones of the accused, and what was proven in the report of the committee formed from the ancient Egyptian antiquities area, from its inspection of the excavation sites and examination of the seized tools and machines.