Egypt court overturns decision to freeze star footballer Abou-Treika's assets

Ahram Online , Tuesday 21 Jun 2016

Egypt and Ahly former star Mohamed Aboutrika (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt's Administrative court cancelled on Tuesday a decision by a government committee to seize the finances of Egyptian football star Mohamed Abou-Treika.

The ruling comes on the heels of a recommendation by the State Commissioners Authority to void the decision after an appeal by the prominent footballer 

In May 2015, a state committee, which is tasked with appraising and freezing funds of Muslim Brotherhood members, confiscated the assets of a tourism company co-owned by Abou-Treika that reportedly linked him to the now banned Muslim Brotherhood. 

The committee charged that the company’s funds were used to finance "terrorist attacks” and accused one of the company's owners and Muslim Brotherhood member Anas Mohamed Omar El-Kady of committing "hostile acts against the state".

Abou-Treika, however, maintained El-Kady severed his relationship with the company 2013 after Abou-Treika joined the firm. 

The 37-year-old Abou-Treika hung up his boots in late 2013 after leading Egypt’s most successful club Ahly to a host of domestic and continental trophies, earning a cult status among faithful fans. He was also instrumental in helping Egypt win two African Cup of Nations titles in 2006 and 2008.

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