Mubarak-era Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif and former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly were cleared of corruption charges in the ‘license plates’ case on Tuesday morning, the official Middle East News Agency (MENA) reported.
Both were accused of squandering public funds worth LE92 million, by contracting a German company to make license plates without considering other quotes, thereby forcing Egyptians to pay unreasonably high prices.
Another constituency in the Criminal Court sentenced Nazif in February 2013 to a one-year suspended sentence, Adly to a five-year suspended sentence, and former Finance Minister Youssef Boutros-Ghali to 10 years in absentia. Defense lawyers appealed the verdict before the Cassation Court that granted them a retrial.
The judiciary has been clearing most Mubarak-era officials of corruption charges brought against them following the ousting of the country’s strongman. Most recently, former Petroleum Minister Sameh Fahmy and five other officials were cleared on Saturday of similar corruption charges, in the case concerning a gas export deal to Israel.
In one of the most provocative court rulings, according to observers, Mubarak, Adly and six security officials were acquitted by Cairo Criminal Court from charges of killing January 25 revolution protesters. The ruling instigated a wave of anger among pro-democracy activists, who viewed the acquittals as a move against the January 25 revolution.
Mubarak’s sons also walked free after being cleared of all corruption charges against them, the most recent of which was a ruling acquitting them from corruption charges in the ‘presidential palaces case’.