Court upholds jail sentences against 2 Al Warraq boat convicts

CAIRO: The Al Warraq Misdemeanor Court on Tuesday upheld jail terms handed down to two men convicted of responsibility for the collision of a ferryboat and a cargo ship that killed 40 people last year, Al Wafd reported.

On Jan. 9, the court sentenced the captain of the ferryboat boat to seven years, while the captain of the cargo ship it collided with was sentenced to five years in prison.

They were charged with causing the deaths of the 40 victims and operating unlicensed boats.

The court also sentenced the owner of the ferryboat, who was tried in absentia, to a 10-year sentence.

The accident took place in July last year on the Nile River near Giza’s district of Al Warraq. According to the release issued by the Administrative Prosecution Authority, the boat was carrying 50 people at the time of the accident, 30 people more than its maximum capacity.

The majority of the victims were children whose ages ranged from 4 to 14.

Following the collision, the Egyptian government decided to ban navigation in the Nile River from sunset to sunrise and stipulated certain safety measures to obtain a boat license.

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