Egypt seizes football star Aboutrika’s assets

It was gathered that Egyptian authorities have seized share certificates belonging to former football star Mohamed Aboutrika after allegations that a company he founded funded the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood, judicial officials said.

The move against one of the country’s most successful sports stars comes amid a crackdown on members and supporters of the movement since July 2013, when the army ousted president Mohamed Morsi , Egypt’s first freely-elected leader.

Aboutrika had publicly endorsed Morsi’s 2012 presidential bid. Morsi was overthrown in a military coup following protests after just a year of civilian rule. An ensuing police crackdown targeting his supporters and his Muslim Brotherhood movement has left hundreds dead and thousands jailed. Authorities confiscated share certificates in Aboutrika’s travel company Tours, which was formed when Morsi was in office, a judicial official said.

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