Egypt’s Court of Cassation removes Aboutrika from terror list
Egypt’s Court of Cassation has removed on Wednesday the Al Ahly and Egypt legend Mohamed Aboutrika 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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