The Law Enforcement Forces demolished 1 million square meters of building violations and 10,000 feddans of encroachments on agricultural lands across Egyptian governorates in four days-Press Photo
CAIRO - 15 April 2020: Attorney General Hamada al-Sawy ordered on Wednesday the imprisonment of 26 defendants 15 days pending investigations over committing a terrorist act against officials in Qalyubia Governorate.
The defendants used violence, threats, and intimidation against the officials and workers while implementing the decisions to remove building violations on state-owned land inKhanka city.
The defendants were accused of disturbing public order, endangering the interests and security of the society, and endangering public funds and property. This is in addition to obstructing the work of the authorities and local units, obstructing the application of the provisions of the law,and damaging the national economy.
In April 5, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli has said that the government will take firm actions against building violations, adding that the lawbreakers will be referred to the military prosecution under the emergency law.
Madbouli called on the bodies concerned to intensify security campaigns and immediately remove all building violations, adding that no leniency will be shown towards violators at this critical period.
Since January 2015, the ministry has launched a campaign to remove violations detected by the government on the Nile banks.
According to the ministry’s latest data, which was announced in July, a total of 26,322 cases of encroachment on the Nile banks have been removed and since March 2017, a total of 12,425 cases of encroachment were removed.
Egypt’s agricultural lands covered 10 million feddans (one feddan equals about 1.038 acres) in 2015, compared to 9.6 million feddans in 2010, the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) noted in a report issued on September 19, 2016.
Since the January 25 revolution in 2011, a total 80,000 feddans were encroached but most cases were upheld, the Ministry of Agriculture’s Spokesperson Hamid Abdel-Dayem previously told Egypt Today.
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