Zamalek Chairman Mortada Mansour Survives Apparent Assassination Attempt

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Controversial lawyer and Zamalek club chairman Mortada Mansour has survived an apparent assassination attempt, state news agency MENA reported.

His son, Ahmed Mansour, said via Facebook that unidentified gunmen opened fire at his father while he was coming out of the Zamalek club early Sunday.

Mansour was unharmed in the attack but two workers at the club were injured, his son added.

Mansour is an outspoken lawyer who announced his intention to stand in the last presidential election. He later withdrew and backed Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.

Mansour was one of several figures from the era of ousted president Hosni Mubarak who was accused of orchestrating the Battle of the Camel, when pro-Mubarak thugs rode camels and horses into Tahrir Square on 2 February, at the height of the 2011 revolution, and attacked protesters, killing 11 and injuring several hundred.

He and 24 others were acquitted in 2012 on charges of inciting the violence.

Mansour – who was elected head of the Zamalek sports club for the third time on 28 March – has been a controversial figure in Egyptian society since the 1990s, with a resume full of controversial lawsuits as well as public statements.

He hosted his own television programme on Al-Fareen satellite channel where he slammed many figures of the 25 January revolution. The channel was closed shortly afterwards, only to resume again later.

Source : Ahram online