The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights demands the immediate trial of the perpetrator of Samalout train crime

January 12th, 2011 by Editor

EOHR expresses its deep concern about the crime of shooting passengers in Samalout train, Menia governorate, which leads to the death of one and the injury of other 5 passengers, calling the General Prosecutor for the immediate investigation in this case and the speed trial of the perpetrator.

This incident goes back to Tuesday 11/01/2011, when Amer Ashour Abd El Zaher (police representative), who works in Bani Mazar district located in Menia governorate, opened fire on passengers at random while being in the train No. 979 (Assiut-Cairo) from his own official pistol leading to the death of Fathi Saied Ebeid (71 years old) and the injury of his wife Emily Hanna Takla (61 years old), Sabah Sinout Suliman (52 years old), Marian Nabil Zaki (23 years old), Magi Nabil Zaki (26 years old) and Ihab Ashraf Kamal (26 years old).

From his own side, Mr. Hafez Abu Seada the chairman of EOHR classified this incident as one of the train incidents took place in the last few years, as Al Aiat train catastrophe in 2002, which is a direct result for the situation of idleness, lawlessness and the failure in taking effective precautions to protect citizens’ lives in the transport sector in Egypt. Mr. Abu Seada stated also that that incident is not a sectarian one, as the victims were of unknown identity.

Mr. Abu Seada called the Public Prosecutor for the immediate investigation in this case and for trying the perpetrator fair and equitable trial according to the article No. 14 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, As well as calling upon reopening the investigation in the past train incidents took place in 1992, 19993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2002 and announcing the results to the public. Also Mr. Abu Seada demands the government to set rules for personal safety in transport sector and founding a managing crises unit which can deal with this kind of incidents in the future.  

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