Egypt`s former interior minister sentenced to 12 years in jail

Habib al-Adly, was sentenced to 12 years in jail for corruption.

Updated: May 05, 2011, 20:13 PM IST

Cairo: Egypt`s once feared former interior
minister, Habib al-Adly, was on Thursday sentenced to 12 years in
jail for corruption, in the first trial of a minister from
former president Hosni Mubarak`s regime.

Al-Adly, who was the face of the crackdown on
pro-democracy protesters during the mass uprising that ousted
president Mubarak, has been sentenced to 12 years in jail for
money laundering and profiteering.

As the head of the country`s security services he was
a key part of Mubarak`s regime and came to be the most hated
political figure the country.

He had pleaded not guilty to both charges.
The court has ruled that al-Adly will be punished with
seven years in prison for profiteering, said the judge. On the
second charge of money-laundering, he sentenced Adly to five

Al-Adly has been accused of selling land to an
interior ministry contractor "illegally and received more than
USD 700,000 in kickbacks", al Jazeera reported.

The former minister was also fined roughly 15 million
Egyptian pounds (USD 2.5 million).

Al-Adly became the first top official of the former
regime to be sentenced. He is also facing trial for ordering
the use of live ammunition against unarmed protester and if
convicted could face the gallows.

Almost two dozen other ministers and officials have
been detained since Mubarak`s ouster on February 11.

His testimony and conviction on opening fire on
protesters could ultimately lead to trial of the toppled

An official inquiry into deaths during the uprising
found that at least 846 civilians and 26 police officers were

Much of the former regime`s leadership, including
Mubarak`s two sons Gamal and Alaa, are behind bars, most of
them on suspicion or charges of corruption.

Mubarak himself is detained in a hospital room in the
Red Sea resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh, reportedly after
suffering a heart attack while being questioned.