The Court of Cassation accepted on Tuesday the appeal of the Public Prosecution against the ruling issued by the Sahel Misdemeanor Court in Cairo, acquitting 26 fans of the Zamalek football team, with the court ordering the retrial of the defendants.
The acquitted are members of the “Ultras White Knights”, a hardcore fan group that supports the Zamalek Club in all sports, mainly football.
The defendants were accused of organizing a march without a permit from authorities in the Dawaran Shubra area on August 28, 2013.
The Sahel Misdemeanor Court said it acquitted the defendants due to the lack of evidence against them.
The investigation lacked detailed information about the circumstances of the arrests, which were carried out randomly. No weapons were found in possession of the defendants during the arrest and there was no proof that the defendants belong to an illegal group. None of the defendants has a criminal record, the court mentioned before acquitting the defendants.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm