CAIRO: An urgent court hearing to be scheduled for Hosni Mubarak’s era Interior Minister Habib al-Adly and 12 others over “stealing public funds” during the former president’s reign, Youm7 reported Thursday.
Adly and the others were referred to a criminal court for paying one billion and 650 million EGP ($210 million) as bonuses for employees “unlawfully” during the period from 2000 to 2011. Some 80 employees, who were accused of receiving the rewards, were excluded from the case due to “lack of evidence” against them.
The case was motioned after a police report filed by journalist Mostafa Bakry against Adly and Nabil Khalaf, an official at the financial department in the Interior Ministry. Investigations into the report started in 2012, and a number of the ministry’s figures were put on a travel ban list in 2013. Adly was released in March after the court acquitted him and former Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif of charges of illicit gains in the case known as “license plates.”
He was also acquitted last year along with Mubarak and six others on charges of killing unarmed protesters in 2011. Along with other ministers, Adly became was removed from his office as an interior minister in a 2011 cabinet reshuffle, ordered by the then-President Mubarak to contain the anti-regime mass demonstrations that lead to his ouster.