CAIRO: Two inspectors at the Tourism Ministry were referred to rapid trial over alleged inaction that contributed to the death of 17 workers in an arson attack at an underground restaurant last year, Youm7 reported Monday.
According to the referral decision, the two officials failed to fulfill their job in inspecting and monitoring safety measures to restaurants receiving licenses from the Tourism Ministry.
The small restaurant was attacked Dec.4, 2015 by four young men who threw Molotov cocktails at the only working entrance after clashing with guards who refused to let them in.
The tourist restaurant “El-Sayad” was licensed in 2006. The violation mentioned in the referral decision was the closure of the emergency door at the rear of the restaurant, which hindered the workers from exiting the place after the front door was attacked.
The fire started at the front gate of the restaurant, and then spread to the furniture and the walls, which were mostly made of wood. The workers reportedly died of smoke inhalation as the establishment lacked any windows.
Following the attack, police heightened crackdowns on nightclubs in Giza and Cairo, and subsequently closed many of them over violating licenses.
The trial of the four defendants accused of attacking Giza restaurant kicks off Tuesday.