Relieved: tourists arrested for desecrating world famous landmarks
On January 14, a group of six tourists desecrated Machu Picchu in Peru. The police said they would be deported. Writes about this Fox News.
The group was arrested after allegations that they damaged part of one of the most visited tourist attractions in the world and relieved the need for the sacred Temple of the Sun. According to the police, only five out of six tourists participated in vandalism.
The suspects were initially threatened with up to four years in prison, but then it was decided to deport most of them.
“Six tourists are detained. An investigation into a crime against cultural heritage is ongoing, ”said Wilbert Leiva, Cusco Regional Police Chief.
According to Leiva, officials found a group - citizens of Chile, Brazil, France and Argentina - in the closed part of the temple. Part of the stone wall broke off and cracked on the floor, there they found feces. Suspects will be deported, an Argentinean man will remain in Peru.
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Some areas of the semicircular Temple of the Sun are closed to visitors. It is believed that this is one of the most sacred places in the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, where worshipers made offerings to the sun.
Machu Picchu is a popular tourist destination throughout Peru and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Over a million people annually visit centuries-old masonry.
As later reported «РИА Новости», five out of six tourists were released. One 28-year-old Argentine remains in custody, he is charged with “illegal extraction of cultural property”, which is punishable by a prison term of three to eight years.
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