Once feared Egyptian interior minister gets 12 years

A court sentenced once feared Egyptian interior minister Habib al-Adly to 12 years for corruption on Thursday in the first trial of an official from the regime of ousted president Hosni Mubarak. Adly, who ran Mubarak’s security services for more than a decade before the strongman’s overthrow in February in the face of 18 days of mass protests, was convicted of money-laundering and illicitly enriching himself while in office.
He had pleaded not guilty to both charges. The charges stemmed from the sale of land Adly owned after he tasked police officials with finding a buyer who would pay the highest possible price. He faces a second trial on charges of ordering police to shoot protesters, and a third alongside the former premier and finance minister over a deal with a German firm to supply Egypt with licence plates at allegedly inflated prices.
Once one of Mubarak’s closest aides who managed to stay in the precarious post despite a series of militant attacks under his watch, Adly was ushered into a black cage in the courthouse for the brief sentencing. Riot police and soldiers surrounded the courthouse on the outskirts of Cairo and two commandos were stationed in the small court room that was packed with journalists and police.
Judge Al-Mohamadi al-Qunsuwa, himself flanked by bodyguards ever since he sentenced a former senator and construction tycoon to death for the murder of a pop singer, entered and asked whether Adly was present. The former interior minister, dressed in white prison garb, replied in the affirmative and Qunsuwa read the sentence.

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