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Egyptian Court Acquits 5 in Ferry Sinking

An Egyptian court has acquitted the owner of a ferry that sank in the Red Sea in 2006 of all charges relating to the incident, which killed more than 1,000 people.

The court Sunday also acquitted four others, including owner Mamdouh Ismail's son.

The only person sentenced in the case was the captain of another ferry. He was jailed for failing to come to the assistance of the Al Salam 98 ferry, which caught fire and sank en route to Egypt from Saudi Arabia.

Relatives of the victims were outraged by the acquittals.

In June 2006, Ismail agreed to pay $52,000 to the family of each victim. He gave each survivor almost $9,000.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.