Former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly was found innocent of graft and money laundering charges on Thursday, reported the state-owned newspaper Al-Ahram.
The charges alleged that Adly made LE5 million off of corrupt deals during his time in office under former President Hosni Mubarak’s administration.
Adly smiled when the Cairo Criminal Court pronounced its ruling, reported the privately owned newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm (AMAY), while his supporters chanted, “Long live justice.”
The Mubarak strongman was found guilty of the same charges by the Giza Criminal Court in May, 2011. The court sentenced Adly to 12 years in prison, imposed an LE5 million fine and ordered the defendant to repay LE4.5 million. In 2013, the Court of Cassation overturned the ruling and ordered a retrial.
Meanwhile, a second case in which Adly is accused of making LE181 million from illegal profiteering was adjourned until September 18, AMAY reported. The trial was postponed until a technical committee finishes reviewing Adly’s assets.
The Illicit Gains Authority brought the case before the criminal court after finding a drastic discrepancy between Adly’s assets and his income. According to the charges, Adly exploited his position to make illegal profits between 1961 and 2011, with the bulk of illegal activity committed during his time as head of state security, and later as interior minister.
Adly has been implicated in several other cases. In 2012, Adly and Mubarak were both found guilty of killing protesters during the January 25 revolution and received the maximum sentence of 25 years in prison. But in 2013, the ruling was thrown out on a technicality. Both men are now being retried on the same charges.
The former interior minister was also accused of squandering LE92 million in public funds by illegally granting a direct order to make license plates to a contractor, and faces further charges of illegal profiteering in a fourth case.