Interior Ministry to arrest Habib al-Adly once it receives executive court ruling: sources

Sources with the Giza Security Directorate said that the Executive Department has not yet received the executive version of the Cairo Criminal Court ruling issued last Saturday, sentencing former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly, and 12 other Mubarak-era officials over financial corruption charges.

The defendants have been convicted of appropriating the ministry's funds.

The sources added that the Executive Department has full information about the whereabouts of Adly in the Sheikh Zayed area, and does not have any problems implementing the ruling as it enforces the law equally on all citizens.

The former minister will be arrested and handed over to the Prisons Sector once the Department receives a copy of the court ruling, said the sources.

Cairo Criminal Court convicted Adly and 12 other officials on charges that they acquired illicit gains amounting to LE2.4 billion.

The court sentenced each of: Habib al-Adly, Interior Minister; Nabil Khalaf, Head of the ministry’s Central Administration of Finances and Budget; and Ahmed Abdel Nabi, Senior Researcher at the same administration, to seven years in prison, 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 were 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's worth of fines dropped, over charges of corruption and money laundering.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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