Teen who climbed Great Pyramid of Giza is ‘BANNED’ from Egypt for LIFE
The Egyptian authorities reportedly issued the 18-year old with a stern warning, saying to stay aw
ay from the country or risked being banned for life.
Egypt’s Ministry of State for Antiquities allegedly confirmed the teenager has been banned from re-entering the country
But whilst a ban from the country may seem like a tough punishment, it’s actually quite mild compared to what he could have faced.
Climbing the 4,500 year old pyramid is a crime punishable by jail and the teenager could have faced up to three years behind bars.
The rules against climbing are in place to protect against excessive wear and tear
Despite the danger, Andrej decided to head to the top of the Pyramid and scaled the 146-metre structure in just eight-minutes.
Andrej managed to capture the stunning views after his climb before he was eventually caught by police and called in for questioning once back on the ground. The teenage traveller explained: “It took me about eight minutes to get to the top of the pyramid and I listened to music on the way up.
“After a few minutes climbing, I started to attract a bit of attention and some of the security shouted to me to come down in Arabic.”
He continued: ” I had asked locals what they thought of my attempt and they warned me that it was illegal to climb the pyramids, although I thought it would be fine, what with Egypt’s dependence on tourists.”
Andrej added: “When I got back down, the police were quick to take me to the station and question me. They also had a look at my camera to see what I had been up to. At first, they wanted to take me to the German embassy, but after a while I was released without anything further happening.”
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