A Cairo criminal court sentenced Interior Minister under President Hosni Mubarak, Habib al-Adly, to seven years in prison for squandering public funds during his time in office, subject to appeal.
Adly wasn’t present in court on Saturday for the verdict, but is legally obligated to present himself before the court, or the court will reject any appeals filed and the verdict will be final.
The court also sentenced eight other former Interior Ministry employees on Saturday to between three and seven years in prison, and closed the cases of two others who have passed away.
Adly and two defendants that were handed seven-year sentences were ordered to pay reparations amounting to LE195,136,307, as well as a fine of the same amount, and Adly and nine other defendants must also pay a further LE529,491,389 and equivalent fine.
The defendants were convicted of misappropriating around LE1.8 billion in state funds by illicitly granting police officers and leading ministry figures bonuses between 2000 and 2011. Investigations into the case date back to 2012, and a travel ban was issued against the defendants in 2013.
Adly was Mubarak’s head of security for 14 years until the 2011 uprising that removed him from government and brought him to trial in several cases for murder and corruption, four of which he was acquitted in.
He was imprisoned for illegal profiteering until a Giza court acquitted him in March 2015. In February 2015, Adly and Mubarak-era Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif were also acquitted of squandering LE92 million in public funds by illegally contracting the fabrication of license plates. Adly was originally sentenced to five years in this case.
Adly was also acquitted in June 2014 of graft and money laundering charges, having been accused of making LE5 million from corrupt deals during his time in office. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison before a court of cassation overturned the ruling.
In the most prominent post-revolution case in 2012, Adly and Mubarak were both sentenced to life in prison for orchestrating the murder of protesters during the 2011 demonstrations that ultimately led to the end of Mubarak’s presidency. The ruling was overturned in May 2013, and both men were found innocent in a subsequent retrial.
In addition to these four cases, Adly faced two other trials: He served a three-year sentence for exploiting conscripts for personal gain. The other case is still ongoing, in which Adly, Mubarak and former Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif are being tried for suspending communication during the 18-day uprising that saw them removed from office.