Lawyer of Egypt footballer says not all of Aboutrika’s assets are seized
Aboutrika reportedly had his assets seized by the Egyptian central bank amid accusations of ties to the now outlawed Brotherhood
Egyptian football legend Mohamed Aboutrika’s assets have not all been seized, contrary to widespread media reports, according to his lawyer Hesham Abd Rabo.
Aboutrika reportedly had his assets seized by the Egyptian central bank amid accusations of ties to the now outlawed Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.
However, only the assets linked to his tourism company, through which the authorities allege Aboutrika helped to fund former president Mohamed Morsi’s 2012 campaign, have been seized, Rabo confirmed.
Rabo further stated that his client will “wait to see what the authorities decide soon.”
The 36-year-old footballer publicly supported Morsi in the 2012 elections, and pro-state media have repeatedly accused him of being a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.
After his assets were seized, Aboutrika reached out to his Facebook and Twitter followers, posting “We earn money to keep it in our hands, not in our hearts. You can seize money or seize whoever you want, but I will not leave this country and I will continue to work here.”
Other Egyptian footballers, such as Ahmed Hassan, Egypt’s most-capped player, have taken to social media to show their support for Aboutrika in his hard time.
Ahmed Hassan, Egypt’s most-capped player, posted on his Facebook page that he would “…continue witnessing that [Aboutrika] is well-mannered until the end of my life”.
Omar Gaber, who played on the Egyptian national team alongside Aboutrika, wrote “I’m so proud to have played with a legend such as yourself.”
Goalkeeper for Ahly and Egypt, Sherif Ekrami, tweeted, “No one can doubt his national loyalty as well as his humane treatment of others”, adding that “His money and sources of his income are an open book for you all. Your place in Egyptian hearts is enough.”
Ahmed Hossam Hussein Abdelhamid, an Egyptian football manager better known by his nickname ‘Mido’, posted a photo on Instagram of the star in his team shirt captioned “I hope investigations will prove that he’s not involved, God be with you Treika.”
Other players also took to Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to show support for Aboutrika, as well as other social media users using several hashtags.
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