Prosecution appeals release of 28 Ultras
White Knights Zamalek club fans protests - YOUM7/Kareem Abdulkareem

CAIRO: Prosecution authorities appealed a court verdict issued Saturday releasing 28 members of the Ultras White Knights (UWK) football fans of the Zamalek national team, their defense lawyer Tarek el-Awady reported on his Facebook page Sunday.

Judges ordered Saturday the release of the fans on 500 EGP ($69) bails each; group members were arrested at different times throughout August accused of engaging in violent protests and attempting the assassination of Zamalek Club president Mortada Mansour.

“Another 11 members are still imprisoned,” UWK reported on their Twitter account Saturday.

The highest number of arrests took place on Aug. 28, when UWK’s protests erupted in Dawaran Shubra, clashing with security forces. “Bloody confrontations in Shubra; our heroes teach police forces and their thugs a lesson,” UWK had reported on their Facebook page.

The detained were also facing charges of organizing a protest without prior notification to the Ministry of Interior. The protest came 10 days after police forces allegedly stormed the houses of several members, because Mansour filed a police report against them accusing them of trying to kill him by shooting at him in front of the club Aug. 17.

Mansour, who is also a lawyer, filed the lawsuit demanding the ban of Ultras football fans club as an organization with ‘terroristic’ orientations. A verdict in the case is expected Sept. 27.

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