Mohamed Aboutrika is a retired Egyptian footballer who has been listed in Egypt’s terror list for alleged relations with an outlawed Muslim brotherhood.
According to his lawyer, Mohamed Osman, the soccer star was named in the terror list because of the suspicion that he financed the banned Muslim Brotherhood.
The super star was found to have shares in the Asshab Tours Company, whose manager was allegedly a Muslim Brother. However, Aboutrika has denied any involvement with the Muslim Brotherhood.
Mohamed used to be a talented footballer, and now a humanitarian and a political enthusiast.
In 2012, he endorsed the presidential bid of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi.
Coinciding with his retirement in 2013, Morsi, the first democratically elected Egyptian president, was ousted from office by the military as the government placed a ban on the brotherhood.
An anti-terror law endorsed by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in 2015, says that anyone who is named on the country’s terror list is subject to a travel ban, with their passport and assets liable to be frozen.
Since then, Aboutrika’s assets have been frozen.
“We will appeal this decision.”
“If he is added to the list there will be many legal consequences, notably the travel ban.”-Mohamed Osman, his lawyer.
Osman argues that adding his client to the list contradicted the law. Moreso, when Aboutrika has “not been convicted or formally notified of any of the charges against him”.
The army’s 2013 crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood members left hundreds of people dead and thousands incarcerated.
In his soccer days, Aboutrika played as a second striker and as an attacking midfielder for Tersana and Al Ahly in Egypt. He also played for Baniyas in UAE.
Mohamed Aboutrika is widely regarded as one of the greatest Egyptian players of all time. He was much loved that he was accorded such nick names as The Prince of Hearts, The Magician and The Saint.
The father of 2 is a 4 time winner the African footballer of the year (2006, 2008, 2012, and 2013).