Saturday, July 29, 2017

235 Egyptian football fans held for military trial

Egyptian prosecutors have sent hundreds of "Ultras White Knights" football fans to military court, according to this report:
Alexandria Public Prosecution on Thursday sent 235 Zamalek football club fans to the military prosecution to commence an investigation on the “Borg al-Arab incident”, Judge Mohammed Salah Gaber, the first attorney-general of West Alexandria prosecutions, announced.
Police arrested the fans after they carried out violence following a Zamalek vs. al-Ahli football game during the CAF Champions League in Tripoli. Clashes erupted on July 9 between Zamalek fans and Borg al-Arab stadium officials, leading to the injury of seven people. 
The Public Prosecution accused the Zamalek fans of damaging Borg al-Arab stadium, disturbing public peace and security, spreading ‘Ultras White Knights’ propaganda and of wearing T-shirts decorated with the images of 20 martyrs.
The ‘Ultras White Knights’ is a group of ardent football fans who support the Zamalek football club.
Contemporary human rights standards strongly disfavor the trial of civilians by military courts. Egypt is a persistent violator of this principle.

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