Court of Cassation accepts appeal by Adly, orders his retrial

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Thu, 11 Jan 2018 - 11:57 GMT

FILE –The former Interior Minister, Habib Al Adly in court accompanied by officers

FILE –The former Interior Minister, Habib Al Adly in court accompanied by officers

CAIRO – 11 January 2018: The Court of Cassation accepted on Thursday the appeal issued earlier by former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly and ordered his re-trial over charges relating to corruption.

On Thursday morning, the first session of Adly’s trial was held after the court has partially accepted the appeal that was filed against the court ruling.

In April 2017, Adly was charged with a seven-year prison sentence, along with his top aides, over charges relating to corruption.

He was also ordered to pay a fine of LE 195,936 million ($11,030 million).

Deeb argued that the former interior minister has been a police officer who is ignorant of financial laws and relied mainly on financial experts working in the ministry. It means that there was no regulatory body that could suggest or prove that something was either going wrong or right.

Deeb also confirmed that the trail reports do not confirm that Adli was actively involved in misappropriating public funds and thus requested the Court of Cassation to overturn its ruling and demanded a re-trial.

On December 6, 2017, former Mubarak-era Interior Minister Habib al-Adly was arrested after being at large for about 232 days to serve his seven-year prison term.

After the 2011 revolution broke out, the notorious former minister was immediately removed from office, got his assets frozen and was banned from traveling abroad. Since then, Adly has had a long-running streak in courts after facing multiple charges ranging from corruption to the deliberate murder of demonstrators.

On August 3, 2011, the first session of Adly’s trail over killing 2011 revolution demonstrators was held at the Cairo Police Academy before he was vindicated later in 2014.

After 1997 Luxor Massacre that left 70 dead, mostly tourists, Adly replaced Hassan al Alfy as minister of interior and served from 1997 to 2011.

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