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Mubarak-era interior minister sentenced to 7 years in prison for illicit gains

Habib El-Adly served as Mubarak's minister of interior from 1997 until 2011

Ahram Online , Saturday 15 Apr 2017
File Photo: Former Interior Minister Habib el-Adly in Cairo, Egypt May 26, 2005, (AP)

A Cairo criminal court sentenced Saturday Mubarak-era interior minister Habib El-Adly to seven years in prison for illicit gains of EGP 2 billion from the interior ministry from the years 2000 to 2011.


El-Adly was being tried along with 12 other former interior ministry officials, who received between seven, five or three years in prison.


Charges were dropped against two defendants who had died during the period of the trial.


The charged were also ordered to restore a combined sum of EGP 195 million illegally obtained from the ministry as well as pay a similar amount as a fine.


El-Adly, along with nine others, were also ordered to restore EGP 529 million they illicitly obtained.


The sentence can still be appealed in front of the appeals court.


El-Adly served as Mubarak's minister of interior from 1997 until 2011.


El-Adly 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 in 2011, El-Adly received a 12-year sentence and EGP 15 million worth of fines over charges of corruption and money laundering but both were dropped in 2014.

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