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Former Egypt interior minister convicted on corruption charges

Former Egyptian interior minister Habib el-Adly was convicted Thursday on charges of corruption and money laundering and sentenced to 12 years in prison. Adly, the first Hosni Mubarak [Al Jazeera profile; JURIST news archive] regime official to be convicted [Al Jazeera report] under the Egyptian Supreme Council of the Armed Forces [NYT backgrounder], was also fined USD $2.5 million and had his assets seized by the court. Adly, former prime minister Ahmed Nazif and former finance minister Yousef Boutros are also facing corruption charges [JURIST report] stemming from a no-bid contract [Al Jazeera report] to a German businessman to sell license plates in Egypt. The deal is alleged to have wasted USD $15 million of public funds by paying more for the plates than market price. In addition, Adly is also facing charges and could face the death penalty for the killing of protesters during demonstrations in Egypt [JURIST news archive] earlier this year. Approximately 846 protesters were killed in clashes with Mubarak's forces on the streets of Cairo when Mubarak stepped down [JURIST report] in February. Adly has denied all of the allegations against him.

Mubarak is also facing charges [JURIST report] over the killings of protesters and could face the death penalty if convicted. He also faces charges [Ahram report] of corruption and embezzlement of public funds. Zakaria Shalash, head judge of the Cairo Court of Appeals, said this month that Mubarak may face execution [Ahram report] and that Adly's testimony could help prove Mubarak was an accomplice to the killings. Mubarak is currently being detained at Sharm el-Sheikh International Hospital after he was hospitalized for heart trouble shortly after his resignation. Last week, public prosecutor Abdel-Maguid Mahmoud ordered [JURIST report] his transfer to a prison hospital in Cairo, but he was deemed unfit for travel [Xinhua report]. Egyptian authorities are also currently questioning [AFP report] Mubarak's sons.

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