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Egypt's Former Interior Minister Receives Jail Sentence


Egyptian Interior Minister Habib el-Adly (file photo)

Egyptian Interior Minister Habib el-Adly (file photo)

An Egyptian court has sentenced former Interior Minister Habib el-Adly to 12 years in prison for corruption.

El-Adly is the first senior member of former President Hosni Mubarak's government to be convicted following the anti-government unrest that led to Mubarak's February ouster.

The court on Thursday also fined el-Adly $2.5 million on the corruption conviction, which includes money laundering.

He faces separate charges related to the killings of pro-democracy demonstrators, stemming from his role as head of security forces.

In April, a state-appointed fact-finding mission said nearly 850 protesters were killed in violence during the anti-government unrest. The group said 26 police officers were also killed. The mission held Mubarak ultimately responsible for the deaths because el-Adly, as the president's interior minister, had issued orders for security forces to use live ammunition on protesters.

El-Adly served as Mubarak's security chief for more than a decade. During his tenure, rights groups said police brutality became routine.

During anti-government protests, demonstrators torched several police stations.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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