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Zamalek chair Mortada Mansour referred to Egypt's prosecution for 'assaulting candidate'

Mansour is accused of attacking his son's competitor at a polling station in Giza; the former judge vents against accuser on live TV

Ahram Online , Tuesday 20 Oct 2015
Mortada Mansour in front of a polling station on 19/10/2015 (Photo: Zeinab El-Guindy)
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Zamalek chairman Mortada Mansour was referred to the prosecution by judge Nagy Shehata on Monday after he was accused of verbally and physically assaulting a parliamentary candidate running against his son in the Agouza and Dokki constituency.

In a phone call with CBC TV station, Shehata said he received a complaint from ex-military parliamentary candidate Medhat El-Hennawy accusing Mansour of attacking him at an Agouza polling station.

“The incident is a criminal act, which had to be referred to the prosecutor-general,” Shehata said.

Even though a video of the incident has been circulating on social media, the controversial Mansour denied any guilt in a phone call to Al-Mehwar TV on Monday night.

Mansour, who is renowned for using harsh language against adversaries in public, shocked the show presenter when he cursed the plaintif while calling him a liar.

"Polling stations are not located in a desert," Mansour furiously added. "Army personnel and police were present and would not have allowed such an act to happen." 

Mansour added that he filed a complaint to the High Elections Committee (HEC) against judge Shehata accusing him of filing a vexatious legal complaint against him.

Mansour's son Ahmed Mortada Mansour will compete in a run-off for the two contested individuals-system seats in the Dokki and Agouza constituency in Giza in the first phase of the parliamentary elections.

Earlier in 2015, Mansour, a former judge and a practicing lawyer, was sentenced to one year in prison for insulting another lawyer on a television show. The two lawyers later reconciled and the sentence was not implemented.

Mansour is one of several prominent Mubarak-era figures who were accused of orchestrating the so-called "Battle of the Camel" during the 18-day uprising against dictator Hosni Mubarak, when a gang riding camels and horses charged into Tahrir Square and attacked protesters, killing 11 and injuring hundreds.

In 2012, Mansour and 24 others were acquitted of charges of inciting the violence.

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