CAIRO: Ex-president Hosni Mubarak’s former Minister of Interior Habib al-Adly was acquitted Thursday of charges of illicit gains, the last legal case Adly faced, Youm7 reported.
The Giza Criminal Court acquitted Adly of charges of embezzling 181 million EGP ($23.7 million;) it also cancelled a decision of confiscating his assets. However, the court verdict is still able to be appealed by the prosecution.
On May 12, 2011, The Illicit Gains Authority referred Adly to the trial over profiteering during the period of August 1961 to January 2011. He served as Mubarak’s Minister of Interior from 1997 to 2011.
Adly’s lawyer Fareed el-Deeb told Youm7 that his client would be released from jail after the court ruling and any challenge against the verdict would not affect his release.
He noted that Adly spent three years in prison pending his case of misusing police conscripts. The three-years-jail sentence was upheld in February 2014 against Adly, charged with using police personnel for his own private activities and house work. Deeb added the court will calculate his client’s jail time since his detention in 2011, so he could walk out of jail.
Adly and Mubarak’s former Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif were also acquitted in February 2015 of granting a German company illegal profits in a 22 million-euro deal importing car license plates.
He was acquitted in June 2014 in another case of money laundering charge and making illicit gains of 5 million EGP ($700,000.)
On Nov. 29, 2014, Mubarak and the former Minister of Interior was also acquitted, along with his six aides, of killing peaceful demonstrators during the January 25 Revolution in 2011.