CAIRO: Three defendants were sentenced Saturday to jail terms ranging from five to ten years for killing 40 passengers in a capsized ferryboat in July 2015, Youm7 reported.
The accident took place when the boat collided with a scow in Warraq district in Giza, causing the boat to sink.
The convicts; the owner and driver of the boat, as well as the scow driver, were arrested over violations including lack of safety measures in the boat and scow.
The owner Reda el-Senousy was sentenced in absentia to 10 years in prison, the boat driver Mohamed Khaled was handed seven years, while the scow captain Hamdy Abdel Moatamed got five years jail sentence.
The Warraq Misdemeanor court ruled the defendants to pay a fine worth 10,000 EGP ($1,500.) each.
Investigations revealed that overloading and lack of lighting are among violations monitored at the boat while the scow sailed at night, although it is banned.
The incident has raised authorities’ attention to river transport violations, prompting crackdown on Nile boats.
On Jan.2, 15 passengers died after their boat sank off Delta’s Kafr el-Sheikh governorate due to overloading.