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88 lawyers referred to trial for causing financial losses at Railway Authority

CAIRO – 9 July 2018: The Ministry of Transportation referred 88 lawyers to disciplinary trial over charges of causing losses of billions of pounds for the Egyptian Railway Authority (ERA).

Minister of Transportation Hisham Arafat agreed to refer the defendants to the disciplinary trial after the Technical Inspection sector at the Ministry of Justice had filed a memorandum to him on the violations committed by the lawyers who work at ERA’s legal affairs.

The investigations referred that the 88 defendants make the authority incur many financial losses as they cooperate with the authority’s opponents as they refrain from submitting documents that prove the rights of the authority in cases filed by the authority or by its opponents.

The lawyers committed these crimes during their tenures in ERA’ legal affairs office from 2013 to 2018. According to the investigations, they did not do their assigned work properly, violated the applicable provisions by not following up the cases filed against the authority and did not provide the necessary documents to defend the authority in these cases.

The investigations mentioned that one of the lawyers resulted in the loss of 30 cases, which caused an actual financial loss for the authority, by not submitting memoranda or documents to defend the authority or appealing to the sentences issued against the authority.

Egypt witnessed many railway accidents, and many Egyptians have lost their lives due to train collisions and derailments. Recently, two passenger trains have collided in Alexandria, killing 41 people and injuring 132 others.

Hence, the Ministry of Transportation implemented a plan to develop railways that included:

1) Signing contracts to purchase 100 railcars with a capacity of 4,250 horsepower, and restore 81 railcars and their spare parts with General Electric (GE), which would provide technical support for 15 years. The contracts are valued at $575 million.

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