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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.