Former Egypt forward Aboutrika handed jail sentence for tax evasion: Report

Mohamed Aboutrika Photograph:( Reuters )

Reuters Cairo, Egypt Nov 13, 2018, 10.34 PM (IST)

Former Egypt forward Mohamed Aboutrika, one of the country's most famous sportsmen, has been sentenced to a year in jail on charges of tax evasion, local media reported on Tuesday.

A commercial and financial crimes court in Cairo passed the sentence against Aboutrika in absentia on Monday, the state-run al-Ahram newspaper reported.

The court found Aboutrika guilty of evading taxes on earnings of E£710,000 ($40,000) for doing advertisements for soft drinks and a telecoms firm.

The paper said the court ordered the former player who now lives in Qatar to pay £20,000 as a bond to turn the prison term into a suspended sentence.

Aboutrika, 40, played 100 times for Egypt from 2001-13, scoring 38 goals and helping his country win the African Nations Cup in 2006 and 2008.

(E£ = Egyptian pounds)

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A commercial and financial crimes court in Cairo passed the sentence against Aboutrika in absentia on Monday, the state-run al-Ahram newspaper reported.