18 November 2012

Egypt: Prosecutor-General Orders Arresting People Responsible for Assuit Train Crash

Prosecutor-General Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud ordered on Saturday 17/11/2012 the arrest of all persons in charge of the tragic accident which took place in Assuit on Saturday morning.

Mahmoud also ordered the formation of a technical committee to inspect the scene of the crash and pinpoint the cause of the collision.

The committee will present a detailed report to the public prosecution as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Dr. Hisham Qandil accompanied by the Ministers of Education, Local Development, Health, Interior and Insurances and Social Affairs arrived in Assiut yesterday to follow up the circumstantial evidences of the incident.

Minister of Insurance, governor of Assiut and Al-Azhar announced cashing compensations to families of those killed and injured in Assiut's train crash. Al-Azhar Grand Imam Dr Ahmed el-Tayyeb decided to hold an emergency meeting today to follow up the situation in order to take a suitable decision regarding punishing those responsible for the accident.

Moreover, Armed Forces allocated a plane to transport the injured to hospitals if necessary.

For his part, Sameh Ashour, head of Bar Association, asserted that the Association will form a staff to defend the rights of the victims of the tragic incident and follow legal procedures.

On the other hand, Dr. Talaat Afifi, Minister of Awqaf offered his condolences to the families of the victims, wishing that God will rest their soul.

Death toll reached 51, meanwhile, injured reached 17, Health Ministry announced.

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