Egypt puts football legend on a ‘terror’ list

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Former Egyptian football star Mohamed Aboutrika has been added to the North African terror list on suspicions of financing the banned Muslim Brotherhood according to AFP.

Egypt’s anti-terror law of 2015 states that anyone on the terror list will have their assets frozen and will be banned from traveling.

An Egyptian court put the sportsman on the list after the government accused him of channeling in money to the Muslim Brotherhood, which as classified a terrorist organization end of 2013.

“We will appeal this decision…  if he is added to the list there will be many legal consequences, notably the travel ban.” Said Aboutrika’s lawyer Mohamed Osman

The footballer’s assets were frozen in 2015 by a government committee two years after Aboutrika retired from playing football for Egypt’s national team and Egyptian football club Al Ahly.

The freeze on Aboutrika assets is still in force, despite two court orders that it be lifted according to his lawyer Osman

In an interview with state-run Al-Ahram newspaper in May 2015, Aboutrika denied that his company — or any of his partners — had ever funded the Islamist movement.

Mohamed Morsi was Egypt’s first democratically elected president but was ousted by the army after the Arab revolution in the country and Muslim Brotherhood that endorsed Morsi in public banned.

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