An Egyptian court on Wednesday sentenced the manager of Al-Azhar University's student dormitory to ten years in jail for "negligence" in connection with two cases earlier this year of mass food poisoning among students, judiciary sources said.
Jail terms ranging from one month to five years were also meted out to ten cooks in the same food poisoning cases, the sources added.
The court fined the dormitory manager 10,000 Egyptian pounds (roughly $1,450) and the cooks 200 pounds ($28) each to suspend the sentences.
The dormitory manager, along with the cooks, was accused of unintentionally violating food hygiene and safety regulations, leading to the poisoning of hundreds of university students on two separate occasions in April.
While the poisonings did not result in any deaths, the cases made headlines at the time and caused a public uproar.
Following the incident, a committee of medical experts was drawn up that later concluded that food provided to students inside the dormitory had carried potentially-harmful microbes.
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