Egypt military court acquits 4, convicts 3 Ultras White Knights in 2013 illegal protest case

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Tuesday 31 Oct 2017

An Egyptian military court acquitted on Tuesday four members of the Zamalek football fan club Ultras White Knights, including leading members Sayed Moshagheb and Tarek Masaken, of illegally protesting in 2013 in front of the State Security headquarters in Cairo.

The court also sentenced three others in the same case to 10 years in prison and 15 defendants to 15 years in absentia.

In January 2017, the public prosecution referred the case to military prosecution. 

The Egyptian constitution allows for the trial of civilians in front of military courts in cases that involve attacks on army installations and certain public institutions.

While Masaken is set to be released following the verdict, Moshagheb will remain in custody as he is already serving a seven-year sentence for the murder of 19 Zamalek fans killed during clashes with police in February 2015. Moshagheb and 14 others were convicted in September in the same case.

Moshagheb is also still facing charges of setting fires in 2015 at two football stadiums in Cairo and the Grand Conference Hall in Nasr City.

In May 2015, an Egyptian court banned Ultras fan clubs.

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