Ultras White Knights protest law trial Oct 12
White Knights Zamalek club fans protests - YOUM7/Kareem Abdulkareem

CAIRO: North Cairo prosecution authorities referred 36 members of the Ultras White Knights (UWK) to the Court of Misdemeanors which will hold their trial session on Oct. 12, Tarek el-Awady, UWK’s defense team posted on his Facebook page Wednesday.

The defendants belong to a well-known football fan group supporting the Zamalek national team, and are accused of engaging in violent incidents and violating the 2013 Protest Law in demonstrations and clashes with security forces in Shubra in August.

A recent crackdown campaign on the group led by the president of the Zamalek club himself, Mortada Mansour, has brought the group to court after Mansour demanded them being branded them a terrorist organization.

“The prosecution will exclude terrorism charges,” Awady stated Wednesday in his Facebook post; he previously told The Cairo Post the “weakness” of Mansour’s case, and even ignored the first court session held on Sept. 27.

The same lawyer is also part of a team of rights’ lawyers who have filed a lawsuit demanding the annulment of the controversial protest law, which criminalizes any political demonstration without official permission from security forces.

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