CAIRO: More than 20 members of the Ultras Zamalek Football Club fan group known as the “White Knights” (UWK) were acquitted Thursday of breaching the 2013 Protest Law in August, the group announced on its Facebook page.
“Finally after two months [of detention], here you are again, proud, after you have paid the price for your freedom against injustice,” UWK posted on Facebook Oct. 30.
The members were accused of engaging in violent protests and clashing with security forces in the neighborhood of Shubra Aug. 28.
However, the detained UWK members are still awaiting a possible prosecution appeal on the verdict before they are free to go, Youm7 reported Thursday.
In September, the prosecution canceled a previous court decision that had released each of the members on 500 EGP ($69) bail each pending trial. The football fan group has been subject of controversy for being involved in more than one case of violence and has been dubbed ‘terrorists’ by well-known figures, including Zamalek Club president Mortada Mansour.
Additional reporting by Amer Mostafa.