CAIRO: The Cairo Court for urgent matters will hear Thursday the case demanding interim President Adly Mansour reopen the closed metro stations Sadat and Giza, reported Youm7.
The Nedal Center for Rights and Freedom has filed an urgent lawsuit to oblige Mansour, Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab, Defense Minister Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim to reopen the two closed metro stations and the National Defense Council to secure them.
The security agency has closed Sadat and Giza metro stations since mid-August amid escalating street violence following the dispersal of the Rabaa al-Adaweya and Nahda Square sit-ins. Security forces have tried to prevent anti-government protesters to occupy Tahrir Square ever since and among other measures kept the underneath metro station Sadat closed.
Shohadaa metro station witnessed continuous congested traffic on the sidewalks during the past eight months, as it is the only remaining connection between the first and second line of Cairo’s metro system after the closing of Sadat.
Head of the Egyptian Metro Company Abdulallah Fawzy said in a press statement on March 5 that he submitted an official request to the Interior Ministry to reopen Sadat and Giza metro stations and that he received an initial approval, Aswat Masriya reported.
Fawzy said that reopening the closed stations could coincide with the beginning of the second university semester on March 9, if he received an official written approval. However, the metro stations remained closed.
Additional reporting by Aya Dabas.