Prosecution authorities referred 22 police officers to the Cairo Misdemeanours Court on charges of negligence and failing to secure the Ismailia Future Prison after six inmates escaped on 21 October, state-owned media Al-Ahram reported Thursday. The trial will begin on Saturday.
According to the media report, the police officers failed to properly search visitors entering the prison, which resulted in two automatic firearms and ammunition being smuggled in.
A civilian and the head of the Abu Souir Investigation Bureau in Ismailia were killed during the incident, as inmates rioted and fled the prison.
One of the six escapees from Ismailia Future Prison was recaptured by police one week later.
In the aftermath of the jail break, several high-ranking security officials in Ismailia were dismissed or transferred to different positions, including the governorate’s chief of security and his deputy.