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Egypt Unfreezes Assets of Former Interior Minister

Egypt Unfreezes Assets of Former Interior Minister

Sunday, 26 May, 2019 - 10:15
Habib al-Adly (R) is seen at the Police Academy for his trial on the charges of corruption in Cairo, Egypt on February 7, 2016. (Getty Images)

Egypt has unfrozen the assets of former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly, who was acquitted on all corruption-related charges earlier this month, a judicial source confirmed Sunday.

The Illicit Gains Authority decided last Thursday to lift freezes on al-Adly's assets and those of aides who were key players in the graft.

"He is free to walk, with no cases or charges against him at the moment," the judicial source told AFP.

Adly served during the term of former President Hosni Mubarak.

In May, a court fined the former minister 500 Egyptian pounds (about $29) on charges of abusing public funds.

Adly was sentenced in April 2017 to seven years in prison along with 10 other former officials, for embezzling about $122 million.

But his case was thrown out, with the court citing procedural errors, and a retrial was ordered last year.

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