Egypt Independent

Prosecution to Interior Ministry: Mubarak-era minister escaped

The Public Prosecution received on Monday an official letter from the Interior Ministry stating that Mubarak-era interior minister Habib al-Adly was not at his home in 6th of October City, where he is carrying out a seven-year sentence issued against him by Cairo Criminal Court for embezzling money from the ministry.

The letter added that a team has been looking for Adly after being unable to find him at his home, which indicates that Adly could have escaped.

Judicial sources said the official letters confirm that Adly is not at his home, adding that Adly used private security guards rather than personnel from the ministry. Once the seven-year sentence was issued, the in-house arrest was concluded.

The prosecution, according to the sources, addressed the ministry twice to quickly arrest Adly.

The court is scheduled to review on Tuesday the challenge filed by Adly against the verdict.

Adly, along with two others, were sentenced to seven years of hard labor and ordered to return a sum of LE195.936 million in addition to a similar amount as a fine.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm