Egypt court overturns decision placing retired Pharaohs and Ahly football star Abou-Treika on terrorism list

Ahram Online , Saturday 18 May 2024

The Court of Cassation overturned on Saturday a previous criminal court order that had listed retired Egypt and Ahly iconic football star Mohamed Abou-Treika on a terrorism list and sent the case back to another criminal court circuit.

File Photo: Mohamed Abou-Treika: Reuters


The Court of Cassation also overturned previous criminal court orders to list 120 other individuals, including the sons of the late Islamic preacher Yusuf Al-Qaradawi and former Cairo University Political Sciences professor Pakinam El-Sharqawi, on a terror list and sent their cases back to another criminal court circuit.

In 2017, a criminal court added 1,529 individuals, including Mohamed Abou Treika, to a terror list in a case linked to the terrorist-designated Muslim Brotherhood. In July 2018, the Court of Cassation overturned those decisions.

In 2018, in a separate case, a criminal court ordered placing the names of those individuals on a terrorism list for five years. The Court of Cassation upheld that decision.

In April 2023, prosecutors requested that a criminal court extend the placement of the same group of individuals on the terror list for an additional five years. The criminal court granted the prosecutors its five-year extension request.

Lawyers for defendants filed an appeal with the Court of Cassation against the five-year extension ruling. The court accepted that appeal on Saturday.

Ali explained that the new circuit will now rule on this decision. In case of a favourable outcome, the defendants' names will be lifted from the list. However, any such decision would not affect other cases causing the defendants to have been listed.

Abou Treika

Mohamed Abou Treika, 45, is an Egyptian retired professional footballer who played as an attacking midfielder and a forward.

He was voted second place in the African Footballer of the Year award in 2008, and was one of five nominees for the 2006 award, and one of the ten nominated for the 2013 award.

Abou Treika won the African Cup of Nations with the Pharaohs in 2006 and 2008.

He helped his club Ahly win numerous domestic and continental trophies from 2004 until his retirement in 2013.

He also helped the club win the bronze medal in the FIFA Club World Cup in 2006.

Abou-Treika has worked as a sports analyst for Bein Sports in Qatar since 2014.

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