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Cairo court to rule Thursday on final case against Mubarak's interior minister

Former interior minister Habib El-Adly is charged with using his political influence to amass a fortune disproportionate to his sources of income

Ahram Online , Thursday 19 Mar 2015
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Former minister of interior Habib El-Adly's trial continues (Photo: Reuters)
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A Cairo criminal court is to rule on Thursday in the last of five cases facing a powerful Hosni Mubarak-era minister after he was cleared of corruption and murder charges in separate cases.

Former interior minister Habib El-Adly is charged with illicit gains amounting to LE181 million by using his political influence to amass a fortune disproportionate to his sources of income.

Earlier this month, Adly's lawyer successfully demanded that the court allow further hearing of defence in the case, claiming that new evidence exists which proves the defendant’s innocence.

Lawyer Essam El-Batawy told Ahram Online he expects the court on Thursday to set a date for defence arguments, rather than deliver a final verdict.

This is the final remaining trial El-Adly is facing, according to his lawyer

He has already served a three-year sentence on another corruption case over charges related to exploiting policemen and security vehicles for private purposes, El-Batawy said.

In February, El-Adly along with ex-premier under Mubarak Ahmed Nazif, were cleared of other corruption charges over a deal to import license plates at an excessively high price.

Several Mubarak-era figures, including the ousted president himself, have been found innocent of charges of corruption as well as involvement in the deaths of protesters during the 2011 revolt that ended Mubarak's 30-year rule.

In November 2014, El-Adly was cleared of murder in a retrial alongside and Mubarak in which the court dismissed killing charges against the ex-president. They had been initially sentenced to life in jail.

The former minister also saw an initial 12-year sentence and LE15 million fine lifted over charges of corruption and money laundering in a separate case.

 

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