CAIRO: Surveillance cameras have been installed outside several courts across Egypt in a bid to improve security and curb potential terrorist attacks, Justice Minister Ahmed al Zend was quoted by Youm7 Wednesday.
“Courts in Cairo, Upper Egypt’s governorates of Asyut and Sohag are now monitored by surveillance cameras 24/7. Installing news cameras in other courts across the country is underway,” said Zend.
The move comes after Egypt’s former Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab announced the creation of a national committee for camera surveillance in an effort to protect the state’s public utilities against terrorist attacks.
Head of the security division at the Cairo Chamber of Commerce Adel Emara said the demand for surveillance cameras in Egypt increases by no less than 25 percent annually, according to Youm7.
In August 2015, Cairo governor Galal Mostafa al-Saeed issued a decision stipulating that all shops and industrial and touristic establishments must install CCTV cameras as a prerequisite to acquiring a license.
During the past few months, ministers of interior, religious endowment, transport announced the installation of surveillance cameras outside police stations, mosques and metro stations to enhance security measures.