Corruption trial of Egypt's Rashid, Ezz and Asal adjourned til next week

Ahram Online, Saturday 9 Apr 2011

Criminal proceedings against former minister and two NDP-affiliated businessmen will restart Tuesday

Cairo’s criminal court adjourned until Tuesday the trial of ex-Minister of Trade and ‎Industry Rashid Mohammed Rashid, who remains at large, as well as former NDP ‎leading member Ahmed Ezz and IDA Chairman Amr Asal.‎
All three men are indicted on multiple charges, including abusing their respective ‎posts for illegal profiteering.‎

Several ministers of the ex-president Hosni Mubarak, as well as some businessmen close to the regime, have had their ‎assets frozen and have been banned from leaving Egypt.‎
The first member of Mubarak's regime to be put on trial was the much-reviled former ‎Minister of Interior Habib el-Adly, whose security forces were given wide powers of ‎arrest under the emergency law.‎

Adly is being tried on charges of embezzlement, to which he pleads not guilty, and is ‎also accused of ordering the fatal shootings of demonstrators during the uprising ‎that overthrew Mubarak.‎

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