Ten officials charged over food poisoning at Al-Azhar

Wednesday 1 May 2013

The officials will stand a trial for the first food poisoning incident at Al-Azhar University in early April

The first district attorney in East Cairo’s prosecution office has announced that ten defendants accused of culpability in a mass outbreak of food poisoning at Al-Azhar University on 1 April will stand trial on 15 May.

On 1 April, over 500 students were hospitalised with food poisoning after eating on campus, leading to protests.

Earlier this week, a second incident occurred at the same campus, with 179 students hospitalised after eating in the dormitory.

On Tuesday, Al-Azhar’s Grand Imam Ahmed El-Tayyeb met with the students union to listen to their demands, and ordered the formation of a committee to supervise the university campus and create a plan for enhancing services.

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