Egyptian Court Places Famous Striker Abou-Treika and about 1500 Others on 'Terror List'

Published May 1st, 2018 - 01:00 GMT
Egypt football prodigy Mohamed Abou-Treika and 1529 others had been added to the Egyptian terror list. (AFP/ File Photo)
Egypt football prodigy Mohamed Abou-Treika and 1529 others had been added to the Egyptian terror list. (AFP/ File Photo)

An Egyptian criminal court has placed retired football star Mohamed Abou-Treika, along with 1529 other people, on the state’s terror list for a five-year term.

The names included in the list contain precautionary detained defendants in cases before normal and military judiciary, as well as fugitives in Qatar and Turkey.

The court also put the Muslim Brotherhood on the terror entities list.

The decision was published in the official state gazette on Monday. The decision is to take effect retroactively from 19 April.

In 2015, the Egyptian government committee froze Abou-Treika’s assets. 

Authorities accuse him of funding the Muslim Brotherhood, which the state designated a terrorist organisation in late 2013. The freezing decision was overturned by a court order in June 2016.

Abou-Treka has been not charged or convicted of any terror-related offenses.

According to the decision, those placed on the terror list aimed at harming the country's economy, providing logistical assistance to the Brotherhood, leaking foreign currency and pressuring sources of foreign currency and Egyptians abroad to stop their hard hard currency transfers into Egypt. 

The economic entities owned by the Brotherhood and their members placed on the list provided logistical and financial aid to members form Hasm and Lewa Al-Thawra terrorist groups to target army, police and judiciary members, said legal sources. 

Under the country’s anti-terrorism law, any person placed on a terror list is subject to a travel ban and will have their assets frozen.

Abou-Treika retired from the game in 2013, and currently lives in Qatar, where he works as a sports analyst for beIN sports network.

The former Egypt and Ahly midfielder was dubbed the Magician and the Saint during his playing days. In 2012, he publicly backed the Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi in the presidential elections.

Recently, some media reports suggested the player is planning to end his contract with the channel and return to Egypt. 

Egypt's terror list contains over 1,500 names, including top Brotherhood leaders.

These include ex-president Mohamed Morsi; organisation chief Mohamed Badie; owner of the Juhayna dairy company, and businessman Safwan Thabet.

It also includes the chairman of the Wasat Party Abul Ela Mady.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

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