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Egypt’s Court of Cassation removes Aboutrika from terror list


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Egypt’s Court of Cassation has removed on Wednesday the Al Ahly and Egypt legend from the country’s terror list.

The court accepted an appeal by Trika and 1,537 other defendants against Cairo Criminal Court’s decision, which placed the retired footballer in 2017 on a terror list for three years.

In April, the prosecution recommended accepting an appeal to cancel the court verdict that put the 39-year-old retired footballer on the terror list, before the Court of Cassation ordered the removal of his name on Wednesday.

Despite the court ruling, Trika remains on the country’s terror list as the Cairo Criminal Court reordered placing his name, amongst 1,529 other defendants, on the terror list for five years on April 19.

Aboutrika was first placed on the country’s terror list after he was accused of financially supporting the banned Muslim Brotherhood group. All people included on the list are subject to travel ban and face having their passport and assets frozen. As a result, Aboutrika has kept residence in Qatar while working for beIN Sports satellite channel.

In addition, some of his assets were frozen by the government in 2015, a mere two years after retiring from his playing career. The decision was, however, overturned in June 2016.

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  1. Mohamad

    July 4, 2018 at 5:00 PM

    #^%# our stupidity blindly following and believing a media that takes orders on what to say and who to attack. Trieka is a hero and at worst a polilitical disenent for him to be labeled a terrorist is an example of the terrorism they engage in aganist anybody who doesnt follow blindly, wake up people.

    • Mohamad

      July 4, 2018 at 5:02 PM

      And before anybody starts with the idiotic responses, no im not a supporter of the brotherhood and im glad they are gone. This is a complaint for cultural debate and challenfges not in support of these idiots that would have ruined our country further

  2. Ali Mohammed Ali

    July 5, 2018 at 10:22 AM

    Surely, Abu Treka doesn’t deserve such kind of tyranny and abuse out of his homecountry, once he played for and defended for the colors of its flag devotedly.

  3. Hosam

    July 7, 2018 at 2:11 PM

    I think it’s just a move by the military regime to get him back to Egypt and arrest or get as much money as possible from AbouTreika

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