Egypt refers two officials to court for migrant boat capsizing

By REUTERS
December 3, 2016 17:49

CAIRO - Egypt has referred two maritime inspection officials to trial for their role in the capsizing of a migrant ship that led to the death of over 200 earlier this year, state news agency MENA reported on Saturday.

A boat carrying about 450 people capsized off Egypt's northern coast in September. Some 202 bodies were subsequently recovered from the sea and 169 people rescued.

Egyptian authorities arrested four crew members just after the boat capsized in September and opened an investigation.

MENA said prosecutors ordered two inspection officials at the Egyptian Authority for Maritime Safety - a government agency - to trial after their investigation concluded that the inspectors colluded with the ship's captain to allow it to operate without a valid license.



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