Court postpones trial of Mubarak-era interior minister Habib al-Adly

Tuesday 09-08-2016 01:04 PM

Former interior minister Habib al-Adli while on trial (Archive)

CAIRO, Aug 9 (Aswat Masriya) - Cairo's criminal court postponed on Tuesday the trial of former Mubarak-era interior minister Habib al-Adly over illegal amassing of the ministry’s money to October 18.

Adly is among 13 other former interior ministry officials who are all being tried in the same case over illicit gain charges, as the defendants are accused of seizing around EGP 2.4 billion when Adly was a minister of interior.  

The court had ordered in February the freezing of the defendants’ assets and banned them from travelling outside Egypt.

The investigating judge had previously dismissed around 90 other defendants after they repaid over EGP 150 million, asserting that they had received the funds in good faith.

Adly was removed from his post as interior minister in January 2011 by then-President Hosni Mubarak who dismissed his entire cabinet in the midst of the 2011 Uprising. The 18-day-long protests began on national police day and were partly an expression against police practices.

Like several of Mubarak's top officials, Adly faced several charges after the president's 30-year rule ended in February 2011.

The former interior minister was taken into custody days after Mubarak's removal and has since been put on five trials. Adly was served a ratified sentence in one trial and was acquitted in the rest.

In March 2015, the former interior minister was released from Tora prison after spending over four years in custody.

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