CAIRO: The Cairo Court for Urgent Matters will issue a final verdict on Sept. 27 regarding a lawsuit filed by well-known lawyer Mortada Mansour against Ultras Football Club fans demanding they be categorized as a terrorist organization, Youm7 reported Sunday.
The case has wider ramifications, as in another trial, 15 members of the Ultras White Knights fan club are facing charges for engaging in violent protests in the last week of August, and because Mansour also accused members of the group of a murder attempt on his life on Aug. 17.
Speaking as to how the Ultras’ trial verdict could affect the football fan club, Ultras political bureau member Salah el-Din Mohamed told The Cairo Post Sunday that in the case of a conviction, the group could change its direction and become more active in the streets, acting as a dedicated political force.
“As for us, Ultras politicos, our members are already considered terrorists by the state, just like all activists who express their opinions in Egypt,” Salah el-Din added.
In related news, Sept. 27 is also set as the date of the final verdict for former President Hosni Mubarak’s retrial in the killings of protesters during the 2011 January 25 revolution. Some political groups, such as the April 6 Youth Movement, have already called for protests on that date, as they assume Mubarak and his aides will be declared innocent by the court.