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Egyptian Owner of Sunken Ferry Sentenced to 7 Years

An Egyptian appeals court has sentenced the wealthy owner of a ferry that sank in 2006, killing more than 1,000 people, to seven years in prison for involuntary manslaughter.

Wednesday's ruling overturns last year's acquittal of Mamdouh Ismail, which had outraged many in Egypt. Ismail, a wealthy, former member of parliament, was absent during the ruling and is believed to be in Europe.

Ismail earlier obeyed a court order to pay $57 million into a compensation fund for the victims' families. In exchange, Egypt lifted a freeze of his assets.

Many of the victims were poor laborers returning from Saudi Arabia with their savings.

Earlier this week, Egyptian maritime officials said three sailors died and at least 17 others are missing after their ship capsized in the Red Sea.

Officials said the cargo ship Ibn Batutta sank Monday near the Egyptian port Safaga while en route to the United Arab Emirates.

Among those on board were Sudanese, Indians and Pakistanis.

It was not immediately clear why the ship sank.

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