CAIRO: The Prosecutor General’s investigation into a complaint about safety defects in recently-imported train engines have been shelved after Prosecutor Abdel Meguid Mahmoud rejected the allegations.
The train engines were reportedly tested by professors from the faculty of engineering, who found that the train engines comply with safety requirements, according to investigations carried out by the Administrative Monitoring Authority, the body tasked with probing administrative and financial violations by civil servants and investigating citizens’ complaints on law violations, job negligence and mismanagement.
The complaint was filed in March by 40 train drivers who alleged that the 80 General Electric train engines imported earlier this year contained defects which posed a serious risk to both drivers and passengers.
Satellite television reports aired at the time the complaint was filed included drivers showing the trains engines to Egyptian National Railway authorities and General Electric representatives.
Drivers alleged that the engines’ design posed a risk to drivers in the event of a fire breaking out, amongst other complaints.
The MENA news agency reported Sunday that the “public prosecution office investigations revealed that some of the drivers don’t know anything about the subject of the complaint submitted, and believe that it is connected with the absence of drivers to receive trains coming from the Upper Egypt line.
According to MENA, other train drivers who have been trained on the new engines are reported to have told the Prosecutor General’s office that the train engines work well and do not suffer from safety defects.