The Egyptian regime has added ex-football star ‘Mohamed Abu-Trika’ to a terror list for supporting Mohamed Morsi in the 2012 presidential elections.
In 2012, Mohamed Abu-Trika endorsed the successful presidential bid by Mohamed Morsi, which observers consider the real reason behind prosecuting the soccer legend after the military coup that Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi led against Egypt’s first democratically elected in July 2012.
The 2008 BBC African Footballer of the Year is accused by the Egyptian regime of allegedly having links with the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s major political force which the regime outlawed after the coup in 2012. However, Abu-Trika always denied any links with the Brotherhood.Al-Sisi’s regime also accused Abu-Trika of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood financially, which again the soccer legend totally denied.Any person named on the country’s terror list is subject to a travel ban and faces having their passport and assets frozen.
Abu-Trika’s lawyer, Mohamed Osman, said the move was “contrary to the law”, adding that his client had “not been convicted or formally notified of any of the charges against him”.
“We will appeal this decision,” Mr. Osman said. Abu Trika has strenuously denied the allegations.
Abu-Trika has strenuously denied all the allegations raised against him.