Murder charge for train supervisor after hawkers’ jump

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A train supervisor in Egypt has been charged with murder after forcing two young hawkers to jump off a moving train for having no tickets and being unable to pay a fine of $4.50 (£3.50) each.

One of the men died while the other was badly injured.

The Egyptian Railway Authority argues that the two jumped off willingly despite eyewitness statements from other passengers giving a contradicting account.

The incident happened at Dafrah village, 90km (56 miles) north of the capital, Cairo.

It has sparked angry reactions among Egyptians, with calls for holding all railway officials accountable.

The train was travelling from Luxor in the south to Alexandria on the Mediterranean.

Dominica Nwabufo