Trial of Mubarak-era interior minister over graft charges begins
former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly - YOUM7 (Archive)
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CAIRO: Cairo Criminal Court will hear Sunday the first session of the trial of Mubarak-era Interior Minister Habib al Adly and 12 of his colleagues on charges of squandering public funds during their time in office, Youm7 reported.

The defendants face charges of misappropriating a total of 2.3 billion EGP ($270 million) in state funds by illicitly signing over bonuses to police officers and leading figures on the ministry during the period 2000-2011.

A travel ban was issued against the defendants in 2013. Adly had been serving time on charges of illegal profiteering until he was acquitted by the Giza Criminal Court in March 2015 and released from jail.

In Feb. 2015, Adly and former Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif were acquitted of charges of squandering 92 million EGP in public funds by illegally granting a direct order to a contractor to fabricate license plates.

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