Sat. Jul 20th, 2024

The Court of Cassation canceled the inclusion of Egyptian football legend Mohamed Aboutrika on terrorism lists along with more than 1,500 other people in the case known in the media as the “Aboutrika case.”

Human rights lawyer Khaled Ali announced the decision on Facebook and ended a years-long debate over the case filed since 2017, before the Court of Cassation ruled to permanently cancel the classification.

Aboutrika was accused of contributing to the financing of the Muslim Brotherhood, which has been classified in Egypt as a terrorist organization since the end of 2013, where he resided in Qatar, where he is currently a sports analyst for beIN Sports.

In 2021, the Court of Cassation extended the inclusion of 1,529 people on terrorist lists, including Aboutrika, for a period of five years starting from the time the Criminal Court issued the decision in 2018.

Aboutrika is a former Egyptian international footballer who played as an attacking midfielder and second striker and began his football career with Tersana Club, then moved to Al-Ahly Club where he achieved many local and continental achievements.

With his team, he won the CAF Champions League several times and won the Club World Cup bronze, played for Egypt and was part of the team that won the Africa Cup of Nations in 2006 and 2008.

Known for his high technical skills and ability to create games and score goals, he has likened his style of play to the famous French player Zinedine Zidane.

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