CAIRO: The cabinet approved Wednesday a proposal by the Interior Ministry to criminalize negligence in informing authorities about bombs, and punish those accused with one year in prison, Youm7 reported.
The penalty will apply to, according to a new penal code article, “anyone who was aware of the crime of possessing bombs or materials that endanger people’s lives and money, and did not report to the public prosecution or to the nearest officer.”
Those who commit the said charge will be jailed for a year and/or fined not less 20,000 EGP ($2,620) and not more than 100,000 EGP.
Bombs and explosives targeting public utilities, as well as security personnel and facilities have become routine in Egypt’s streets. The attacks have left destructions in vital services, such as transmission towers and water plants, as well as causalities among forces and civilians.
Authorities have announced that repairing damaged utilities has burdened the government with millions of pounds.
Additional reporting Hend Mokhtar