CAIRO: Seven officials at the River Transport Authority will be tried over negligence, which led to the death of roughly 40 people after their boat collapsed with a scow in June, the Administrative Prosecution Authority announced Tuesday.
Investigations into the accident showed the failure of the seven officials to fulfill their duties in monitoring and inspecting boats and scows, which led to the accident that counted at least four children among the victims.
The scow captain and his assistant have been detained pending investigations on charges of manslaughter. They were also blamed for overloading the boat, sailing without license, and for scows, they are not allowed to sail at night.
The Cabinet has temporarily banned cargo barges from sailing at night until the end of September. It also decided to toughen penalties against violators of river traffic rules. Since then, dozens of boats have been seized for violating licenses and river traffic rules, in a wide security campaign.