Zamalek club president sentenced to 1 year in jail, fined 10K EGP
Zamalek's Omar Gaber - REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

CAIRO:  The president of the Zamalek Sporting Club was sentenced to one year in prison and fined 10,000 EGP ($1,310) Saturday over insulting the lawyer of Zamalek fans; meanwhile a court panel recused itself from presiding over a case of 21 fans accused of attempting to assassinate the club president.

Dokki Misdemeanor Court gave its sentence against the President who was released on 1,000 EGP ($131) bail over insulting Zamalek fans’(White Knights) Tareq al-Awady, Youm7 reported.

The name of the club president is still under a publication ban per a decision from the Syndicate of Journalists in November 2014; he previously threatened to cancel the membership of who he thought were “bad journalists” from the club.

The Giza Criminal Court panel recused itself from considering a lawsuit filed by the chairperson against 21 Zamalek fans over charges of attempting to assassinate him Aug. 21, 2014.

The club president accused the defendants of opening fire at him in front of the club headquarters in Cairo.  However, the White Knight Facebook page issued a statement denied such accusation.

The prosecution has charged the fans with attempted murder, inciting panic and endangering public order.

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