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Will Mortada Mansour stay in prison after trial?

Former president of Zamalek Sporting Club Mortada Mansour will finish serving his one-month prison sentence over slandering the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Al-Ahly Sporting Club Mahmoud al-Khatib.

However Mansour faces trial over other cases, leading many on social media to wonder about the fate of the former Zamalek SC president.

One of these cases are charges of slandering Mamdouh Abbas, another former president of Zamalek SC, and assaulting a public official during the club’s treasury inventory.

On February 25, the Court of Cassation turned down appeals lodged by Mansour against his imprisonment on charges of insulting and slandering Khatib. The court upheld the previous imprisonment of him, for one month, in a final ruling that is not subject to appeal.

Consequently, Mansour was removed from the presidency of Zamalek SC.

The Cairo Economic Court on Saturday started hearings into Mansour’s trial over slandering a public official, and because the he was unable to attend, the court decided to postpone hearing the case to the May 23, based on the defense’s request.

Mansour did not attend the session, as his defense presented evidence of his ailing health because of aging, which precluded him from appearing before court.

Legal sources answered the question that preoccupied many, and said that Mansour began serving the punishment on February 25, and the date of his release from prison is supposed to be on March 28, if he is not wanted in other cases.

If cleared, Mansour will be released because the insult and defamation cases filed by Mamdouh Abbas have not yielded final rulings and most of it are before misdemeanor courts, therefore Mansour attending them is not mandatory.

In addition, the case of assaulting a public employee being overseen by Cairo Economic Court did not issue a decision to continue his detention.

Therefore, after the end of the one-month sentence imposed on him, he can attend the rest of the sessions himself without being in detention.


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