Egypt unfreezes assets of Mubarak-era interior minister

UNFREEZE. Egyptian former interior minister Habib al-Adly (C) walks outside the court room after his retrial at Cairo's police academy on February 24, 2015. File photo by AFP/STR

UNFREEZE. Egyptian former interior minister Habib al-Adly (C) walks outside the court room after his retrial at Cairo's police academy on February 24, 2015.

File photo by AFP/STR

CAIRO, Egypt – Egypt has unfrozen the assets of its Mubarak-era interior minister, who was acquitted on all corruption-related charges earlier this month, a judicial source confirmed Sunday, May 26.

The Illicit Gains Authority decided last Thursday, May 23, to lift freezes on Habib al-Adly's assets and those of aides who were key players in the graft that dominated Egypt under long-time autocrat Hosni Mubarak. 

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

Adly's behemoth security apparatus was accused of systematic torture and repression of dissent, helping fuel the 2011 uprising that toppled 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 7 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.

In 2014, Adly was acquitted of charges of responsibility for the deaths of protesters during the 2011 uprising. – Rappler.com