Egypt Country releases more than 200 football fans accused of rioting

Egypt's military prosecutors have released more than 200 football fans who had spent over five months in detention accused of vandalising a stadium and attacking police, a lawyer said Monday.

  • Published: , Refreshed:
Egypt's Zamalek fans fire flares during the football match between Egypt's Zamalek and Al Ahli Tripoli during their African Champions League (CAF) group stage football match, at Borg el-Arab Stadium near Alexandria on July 9, 2017 play

Egypt's Zamalek fans fire flares during the football match between Egypt's Zamalek and Al Ahli Tripoli during their African Champions League (CAF) group stage football match, at Borg el-Arab Stadium near Alexandria on July 9, 2017

(AFP/File)
24/7 Live - Subscribe to the Pulse Newsletter!

Egypt's military prosecutors have released more than 200 football fans who had spent over five months in detention accused of vandalising a stadium and attacking police, a lawyer said Monday.

Police had detained hundreds of supporters of Cairo's Zamalek club following a July 9 game against Libya's Al Alhi SC, keeping 236 of them in detention ever since, said defence lawyer Mohamed Hafez, who represented more than 100 of them.

Following months of investigations, the military prosecution released them Saturday "because there was not enough evidence to allow for a criminal trial," Hafez said.

Their release was also reported by state media.

The supporters were accused of destroying seats at Alexandria's Borg El Arab Stadium and attacking police, the lawyer said.

They were also accused of belonging to the Ultras White Knights, a club of hard core Zamalek supporters, said Hafez, who is also a lawyer at the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression.

"There was rioting inside the Borg El Arab Stadium, and some of the seats were destroyed, and then about 600 of Zamalek's supporters were randomly arrested," Hafez said.

Eight of the 236 had remained in detention Saturday, apparently for investigation on other charges, although a further three were released Sunday, he added.

Egyptian authorities in 2015 banned the ultras groups, hardcore supporters of local teams who were at the forefront of 2011 protests that toppled former president Hosni Mubarak and are openly hostile to the police.

Authorities had banned spectators from local matches after 2012 stadium riots in Port Said left more than 70 people dead, but spectators were allowed into the July match as it was an international fixture.

Matches played in the presence of spectators since 2012 have also been marred by deadly violence.

In February of 2015, police fired tear gas at fans who tried to push their way into a Cairo stadium. The ensuing stampede left 19 people dead.

Do you ever witness news or have a story that should be featured on Pulse Ghana?
Submit your stories, pictures and videos to us now via WhatsApp: +233507713497, Social Media @pulseghana: #PulseEyewitness & DM or Email: eyewitness@pulse.com.gh.

Recommended Articles

Recommended Videos




Top Articles

1 Sad News Ex-Kotoko & Ghana U20 star dies after collapsing in a restaurantbullet
2 Development Capital Partners Ltd Asamoah Gyan’s company signs deal...bullet
3 Ghanaian Players Abroad Women make me soft- Sulley Muntaribullet
4 Ghanaian Players Abroad Michael Essien tips Liverpool to conquer...bullet
5 At Akyem Tafo Kotoko fans involved in road accident ahead of...bullet
6 Breaking News Arsene Wenger to step down as Arsenal boss at...bullet
7 Sad News!!! Ghanaian footballer dies by drowning in poolbullet
8 Photos Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah visits Christian...bullet
9 Commonwealth Games Sports Ministers were at loggerheads...bullet
10 English Premier League Pep Guardiola delivers touching...bullet

Top Videos

1 The Real News with Akrobeto goes International, shows on Real Madrid Tvbullet
2 Video Watch how Kotoko defeated Dwarfs 2-1bullet
3 Chelsea Fans' Favourite Michael Essien's left-footed goal against...bullet
4 New Club Gideon Baah's interview after completing move to FC Kairatbullet
5 Football Premier League team of the week - 18/12/2017bullet
6 Long Shot Michael Essien's favourite goal for Chelseabullet
7 Video This is what made Andre Ayew Swansea City legendbullet
8 National Team Nii Odartey Lamptey wants to coach the U-17...bullet
9 Video Watch top 10 Neymar goals of all-timebullet
10 Didier Drogba Chelsea legend jams to Stonebwoy and...bullet

Football