Egypt govt appeals decision overturning freeze on footballer Abou-Treika's assets

Ahram Online , Sunday 24 Jul 2016

Abou-Treika (AP)
File Photo: Former Egyptian soccer star player Mohamed Abo Trika looks from a bus window after his arrival at Harare International Airport in Harare, Thursday, June, 6, 2013 (AP)

An Egyptian legal body that acts on behalf of the government has appealed a court ruling that overturned a decision to seize assets belonging to Egyptian football star Mohamed Abou-Treika.

Last month an administrative court cancelled a decision by a government committee to seize the assets of the prominent footballer, following a recommendation by the State Commissioners Authority to void the decision after an appeal by Abou-Treika. 

The State Lawsuits Authority on Sunday presented an appeal by the prime minister, the justice minister, and the interior minister, to the High Administrative Court, calling for the previous court decision to be overturned.

The assets of a tourism company co-owned by Abou-Treika were frozen in May by a state committee tasked with appraising and freezing the funds of Muslim Brotherhood members.

The committee said 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, asserted that El-Kady had ended his relationship with the company in 2013 after the footballer joined the firm. 

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

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