CAIRO: Egyptian retired footballer Mohamed Abou Trika filed a lawsuit Tuesday before the Court of Administrative Judiciary against seizing his share in a company allegedly affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood by the state-run committee tasked with inventorying and freezing the funds of the MB, Youm7 reported.
Abou Treika had filed a complaint before the committee two weeks ago, but it was rejected.
Investigations carried out by Egypt’s Central Auditing Organization reported that Abou Treika, alongside other Brotherhood members, has been a partner in the said company since 2012. The company was founded during the tenure of Egypt’s former President Mohamed Morsi with a capital estimated at 2.5 million EGP ($327,495.)
Abou Treika, who enjoys striking popularity across the Arab world, retired in December 2013. He was chosen by the Confederation of African Football as the Africa Best Player of the Year four times in his history.
According to the investigations, the company’s funds were used to “finance terrorist operations” carried out after the deadly dispersal of the 2013 Rabaa al-Adaweya and Nahda sit-ins.
The committee was formed in November 2013 to manage the assets and properties of the Muslim Brotherhood. The committee includes representatives from the ministries of interior, social solidarity, and international cooperation, as well as the Illicit Gains Authority and the Real Estate Administration.
The committee traces commercial and financial activities of Brotherhood members by acquiring information from the stock market, companies and banks. According to its mission, it does not close the companies or the factories that belong to Muslim Brotherhood unless their funding sources are proven to be illegal.