Egypt court cancels asset freeze on renowned footballer Abou trika

Tuesday 21-06-2016 03:36 PM

Renowned Egyptian football player Mohamed Aboutrika. Reuters

CAIRO, Jun 21 (Aswat Masriya) – Egypt’s administrative court canceled the decision to confiscate renowned Egyptian footballer Mohamed Aboutrika’s assets on Tuesday, more than a year after the decision was made.

The committee established to manage the funds of the Muslim Brotherhood had confiscated the assets of a tourism company co-founded by Aboutrika in May 2015 for affiliation with the banned Muslim Brotherhood. 

The committee said in a statement published at the time that the company Ashab Tours was co-established by a "leading Muslim Brotherhood" figure. The company's manager, Mohamed al-Qadi is a "leading Muslim Brotherhood figure" who is currently in custody and accused of committing anti-state hostilities and using the company's assets to fund "terrorist operations", the statement added.

Aboutrika had previously challenged the committee’s decision to confiscate his assets; however, the committee had rejected his challenge. The football player then resorted to the administrative court to appeal the decision.

In its consultative report, a subsidiary of the State Council recommended that the administrative court accept Aboutrika’s appeal, adding that the committee to manage the funds of the Brotherhood had infringed Aboutrika’s property rights and violated his constitutional rights.

The committee was formed following a September 2013 court ruling which banned the Brotherhood's activities in the country. The ruling stipulated banning activities of any association that branches from the Brotherhood, that was founded by Brotherhood funds or that receives any form of support from the Brotherhood.

Egypt listed the Brotherhood as a terrorist organisation in December 2013 and insists it is behind the stringent wave of militancy which has targeted security personnel since the ouster of former Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

The Brotherhood continuously denies the accusations.

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