Fifteen Ultras White Knights sentenced to one year in prison

Giza Criminal Court, headed by Judge Moataz Khafagy, sentenced 15 members of the Ultras White Knights football fan club to one year in prison on Monday for trying to storm the Zamalek Sports Club's headquarters and conspiring to kill MP Mortada Mansour, former head of the club.

Eleven of the defendants were given jail sentences for plotting to kill Mansour, while four were jailed for trying to storm the club's headquarters.

The Ultras White Knights is a group or ardent football fans supporting the Zamalek football club, and has been involved in various controversial events in recent years.

At the court on Monday, defendants shouted angrily from their dock, as did their families who had gathered outside the court, accusing the court of favoring Mansour.

The defendants were previously sentenced to one year in prison, but they challenged the ruling and a retrial was ordered by a higher court.

The prosecutors accused the defendants of using violence and conducting surveillance on Mansour with a view to killing him using weapons they had prepared.

Members of the Ultras White Knights gathered outside Zamalek Sports Club in August 2015 in an apparent attempt to storm it, after Mansour made a statement saying he would not allow them to watch a football training session for the Zamalek team.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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