Govt officials held responsible for Duweiqa rockslide

The attorney-general referred eight officials of the Cairo Governorate and the Housing Ministry to a criminal court. They were charged with manslaughter for causing the death of 119 residents of the Duweiqa district and injuring 55 others.

The officials did not carry out demolition orders for unlicensed houses that were built in the area. The residents of these houses would not have died in the rockslide accident that occurred there in 2008 had the officials done their job.

The officials were also accused of concealing reports from the Survey Authority, warning of a possible rockslide in the area and requesting the evacuation of it.

Investigation determined three causes for the rockslide, namely the geological nature of the place, a sewage leak into the rocks and the heavy shantytown population of the area that should have been removed.

Translated from the Arabic Edition.

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