Public prosecution detains 2 after 8 children drowned in northern Egypt



Sat, 30 Apr 2022 - 10:31 GMT


Sat, 30 Apr 2022 - 10:31 GMT

CAIRO – 30 April 2022: Egyptian Public Prosecution detained two people on Saturday for four days pending investigation as eight children drowned after their vehicle crashed into a waterway in northern Egypt’s Beheira.

The first detainee is the driver of the tricycle vehicle, who, according to the prosecution carried drove without a license and caused the death of the children due to brashness, the prosecution’s statement said.

The tricycle carried 12 people during the accident, including the deceased children, according to the prosecution.

The 19-year-old driver said he drove the tricycle on behalf of its owner and lost control of the steering wheal when he suddenly realized a vehicle coming from the opposite direction.

The other detainee is the man who employed the children while they are under the legal age of employment, the prosecution noted, accusing the man of human trafficking.

The prosecution said it examined the bodies of the eight children and licensed their burial, the statement said, adding that it requested the report of the human trafficking police around the incident.

The Public Prosecution said it posed questions to the children’s families, who repeatedly said that they allowed their children to be hired by someone from their town so that they can help their families with living costs.

The families added that the vehicle carrying the children fell into the waterway while taking them from their workplace to their places of residence.



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