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Families of victims of Egypt train shooting demand compensation

The lawyer representing the families of victims of a shooting in Upper Egypt seek LE3.5 million from the Ministry of Interior

Ahram Online, Sunday 23 Jan 2011
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Lawyer Adel Ramzy, who is representing the families of victims of the Samalout train shooting, is seeking LE3.5 million in compensation from the Ministry of Interior.

Ramzy is sceptical that the police officer who shot and killed one Copt and shot and injured five other Copts is suffering from mental illness. But even if the perpetrator is ill it is still the ministry’s problem.

He added, in interview with Ahram Online: "How would the Ministry of Interior know of his case and allow him to carry a weapon?”

Ramzy denied that the police prevented him from accessing records of the investigation, and asserts that the case is proceeding at normal speed, especially that authorities sense the sensitivity of the issue and its importance to the public.

Ramzy is intending to sue the Ministry of the Interior for compensation worth half a million pounds for each victim injured and LE1 million for each death.

The case will be heard in court 5 February.
 

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