Zamalek fans get one year in prison for assaulting club chairman Mortada Mansour

Ahram Online , Monday 15 Feb 2016

Ultras White Knights
Zamalek's Ultras White Knights (Photo: Al-Ahram)

A Giza court sentenced on Monday 11 Zamalek club football fans to one year in prison on charges of attempted murder of club chairman and parliamentarian Mortada Mansour.

The case dates back to October 2014 when some members of Ultras White Knights, a hardcore Zamalek fan group, followed Mansour in the street in front of the club’s main gate and assaulted him, capturing the incident on video and posting it on different social media platforms.

The court's panel said that it dropped the punishment from five years to one year in prison after Mansour waived his complaint in the trial.

Following the court ruling, Mansour released a video on his official Facebook page vowing to waive his rights one more time in order to acquit the defendants if the court agrees.

The ruling can be appealed by the defendants.

On Sunday, a Cairo criminal court ordered a new investigation into the February 2015 killing of 20 Zamalek club fans, all of whom are believed to have been members of the White Nights group.

The court said that the available evidence and the witness testimonies are too "inconclusive for the court to make a ruling" in the trial, which includes 16 defendants who are being tried on charges of inciting violence that led to the death.

In January 2015, a court sentenced 20 members of the Ultras White Knights to three years in jail on charges of inciting violence and assaulting security forces, following a series of clashes after a match between Zamalek and an African team at Cairo Stadium in March 2014.

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