Cairo Criminal Court adjourns former minister’s profiteering trial
former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Cairo Criminal Court held at the Police Academy postponed Thursday the trial of former Minister of Interior Habib al-Adly to April 17 due to his health conditions, reported Youm7.

Adly, minister under former President Hosni Mubarak, faces charges of profiteering and money laundering, in addition to killing protestors during the January 25 Revolution.

Essam al-Battawy, member of the defense team of Adly, said in a press statement that his client was absent at the trial as he will undergo surgery within a few days.

The criminal court issued a verdict on May 2011 to imprison Adly for 12 years and fine him with 4.835 million EGP ($695,000) over profiteering, and another 9.026 million EGP fine for money laundering. In March 2013, the conviction was overturned and a retrial requested.

The Illicit Gains Authority had referred Adly to the criminal court as he was suspected of having gained a fortune through corrupt activities after the revolution in 2011. The indictment stated that Adly, 74, fraudulently accrued wealth during the period of August 1961 to January 2011, taking advantage of his influence as head of Egypt’s State Security and then as minister of interior, according to Youm7.

According to prison authorities, Adly was transferred from the Tora Prison to Dar al-Foaud hospital on March 10 for medical checkup.

Medical and security sources told Al-Masry Al-Youm on March 11, that Adly would stay in hospital for 48 hours, adding that his lawyer asked the prosecution to move the former minister to one of the private hospitals to check whether he needs surgery or not.

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