Al-Ahly chair arrested for corruption, raising controversy
The president of the Al-Ahly Club Hassan Hamdy - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Tharwat Hamad, investigating judge in the corruption case in Al-Ahram institution, ordered security forces Monday to prevent journalists from entering the building of the Supreme Court or taking photos from Hassan Hamdy, chairperson of Al-Ahly Sporting Club, as investigations with him are ongoing.

The security forces arrested Hamdy on early Sunday upon a decision from Judge Farag Hamad. They kept him in the headquarters of the Supreme Court for three hours before conducting the investigations that continued for 10 hours, Youm7 reported.

The investigations continued on Monday amid intensive security measures in the surrounding area of the Supreme Court.

During the investigations, Hamdy reportedly denied the accusations against him, saying that the gifts that the institution provided to journalists and others came upon decisions taken by the board of directors, Youm7 reported.

He added that the Shura Council did not refuse these decisions and that such proceedings are adopted by all different press institutions that exercise economic activities.

The head of Al-Ahly is accused of committing corruption, embezzling and seizing public funds during his tenure as the chairperson of the Ahram Advertising Agency.

The investigations conducted with Hamdy could affect the elections of the new board of Al-Ahly scheduled to be conducted on March 28. Experts said that the recent developments could undermine the efforts of Ibrahim al-Moalem to succeed Hamdy, as Hamdy’s support for Moalem may affect his position.

Bawaba News reported Sunday that Moalem attempts to use his relations with leading officials in the regime to release Hamdy. According to Bawaba, Moalem is exerting this effort to win the support of the current board of directors led by Hamdy in the upcoming board elections.

Ahmed Shobeir, former goalkeeper of Al-Ahly football team and television presenter, criticized Sunday security forces for what he described as the “unaccepted way to arrest the current leader of the famous club.” He said in his program on CBC Two satellite channel that such approach adopted by the security forces contradicts with the principles of human rights.

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