Court bans former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly from travel, freezes assets

Cairo Criminal Court banned former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly and 12 other former Interior Ministry officials from travel and froze their assets on Sunday, the state-owned EgyNews reported.

The ruling followed the first trial session in a case in which Adly and the other former officials are accused of squandering over LE2 billion in public funds.

The prosecution had referred Adly and 12 others to trial in July 2015, on accusations of illicitly agreeing bonuses for police officers and leading ministry figures from 2000 to 2011.

The judge dropped charges against 90 other Interior Ministry officials and administrative staff in the same case last month, after they returned a total of LE178 million.

Egyptian judges cleared Adly of all charges in four court cases in which he stood trial, with the exception of the case pertaining to the use of forced labor for the construction of his estate. 

In February 2014, Adly was sentenced to three years in prison for his role in exploiting conscripts for his personal benefit. He was released from prison in March 2015.

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