Egypt rail workers lose appeal over deadly crash

2014-02-27 15:10
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Cairo - An appeals court in Egypt on Thursday upheld 10-year jail terms for two railway workers convicted after a 2012 train crash killed 47 schoolchildren, judicial sources said.

The children, aged between 4 and 12, were on a school trip when a train hit their bus on a railway crossing in Manfalut, 360km south of Cairo.

The workers were originally convicted in June 2013 by a misdemeanour court for manslaughter and negligence, the sources said.

In addition to the jail terms, they were each fined 100 000 Egyptian pounds ($14 300), the sources said.

The collision, which the state news agency said killed 52 people and injured 16, sparked public outrage.

Media blamed the-then president Mohammed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood movement for failing to confront the country's chronic transport problems.

The railway network's poor safety record stems largely from a lack of maintenance and poor management.

In Egypt's deadliest railway tragedy, the bodies of more than 360 passengers were recovered from a train after a fire in 2002.

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