Egypt court imprisons Mubarak’s interior minister

Cairo Criminal Court on Sunday convicted former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly and 12 other officials in charges that they acquired illicit gains amounting to LE2.4 billion.

The court sentenced Adly; Nabil Khalaf, Head of the ministry’s Central Administration of Finances and Budget; and Ahmed Abdel Nabi, Senior Researcher at the same administration to 7 years in prison each, and ordered them to repay around LE196 million, also fining them the same sum.

The court sentenced eight others to five years in prison each; and sentenced two others to three years in prison.

In addition to these sentences, Adly, along with nine other defendants, was ordered to repay the government LE529 million.

Adly and the 12 other defendants were referred to criminal court in August 2015 over charges of illicit gains while serving in government posts.

The defendants are accused of using their influence to acquire illicit gains amounting to LE2.4 billion (close to $300 million at the exchange rate of the time) while Adly was interior minister.

Adly served as Mubarak's minister of interior from 1997 until 2011. He was released from detention in March 2015, after being acquitted on charges of using his political influence to acquire illicit gains amounting to LE181 million.

In 2014, he was acquitted along with six of his aides and former president Hosni Mubarak on charges of complicity in the killing of protesters during the January 2011 uprising.

In a separate case, Adly also saw an initial 12-year sentence and LE15 million worth of fines dropped over charges of corruption and money laundering.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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