Dozens of employees working at the students’ dormitories of Cairo University protested on the university’s campus on Saturday against the imprisonment of their co-workers.
Hassan Abdel Hai, director of the nutrition administration at Cairo University dorms, was imprisoned alongside a worker responsible for inspecting food, for investigations on charges of being responsible for receiving expired frozen meat, according to Abdel Moneim Ibrahim, a worker in the student dormitories.
Ibrahim claimed that his imprisoned co-workers screened the frozen meat before refusing to receive it after learning it had expired. “They avoided corruption and refused to receive the meat only to be rewarded by going to prison. If we give up on our colleagues today, we will witness their same fate tomorrow.”
Gamal Qotb, supervisor of nutrition at the students’ dormitories, blamed the screening department of the Egyptian Customs Authority for receiving what he perceived as “rotten meat” and letting it into Egypt. “They should hold investigations with those corrupted officials. In fact, we should be rewarded for preventing a catastrophe like the one that happened at Al-Azhar University.”
Qotb said a representative of the protesting workers met with Ezz El-Deen Abu Stet, vice-president of Cairo University, to discuss the issue. He added that Abu Stet promised them that their co-workers would be released within 48 hours. “Let’s wait and see,” Qotb concluded.