Cas­sa­tion Court ap­proves ver­dicts in Air De­fence Sta­dium case

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The Court of Cas­sa­tion ap­proved on Sun­day the hard labour ver­dicts and po­lice surveillance  against Sayed Moshghab, and Mostafa Tabla— the leader of Ul­tras White Knights group— and nine other de­fen­dants ac­cused in the Air De­fence Sta­dium clashes case.

The court re­voked the penalty fine against the de­fen­dants, and re­jected their ap­peal.

In ad­di­tion, the court sen­tenced the de­fen­dants to be­tween two to ten- year prison sen­tences in the Air De­fence Sta­dium case, dur­ing an Egyp­tian Pre­mier League foot­ball match in 2015 when vi­o­lent clashes took place be­tween Al- Za­malek SC and ENPPI fans, lead­ing to the death of 22 Al- Za­malek SC foot­ball fans.

The Gen­eral Pros­e­cu­tion had pre­vi­ously re­ferred the de­fen­dants to court on ac­cu­sa­tions of bullying as­so­ciates with mur­der, de­struc­tion of pub­lic and pri­vate prop­er­ties, and pos­sess­ing un­li­censed weapons.

For­mer Gen­eral Prose­cu­tor Hisham Barakat pre­vi­ously ac­cused the banned- in- Egypt Mus­lim Broth­er­hood of fund­ing the Ul­tras White Knights fans as well as pro­vid­ing them with ex­plo­sive ma­te­ri­als to in­cite ri­ots and the vi­o­lence that led to the deaths, in ad­di­tion to at­tack­ing and in­jur­ing po­lice forces and burn­ing a po­lice car.

Foot­ball matches usu­ally wit­ness ten­sions be­tween foot­ball ul­tras groups and se­cu­rity forces.

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