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Egypt's former security chief faces trial

CAIRO — The military has authorized the prosecution of Egypt's former security chief.


Former Interior Minister Habib Adly has been indicted on charges of money-laundering. Adly was scheduled to appear in a criminal court in Cairo on March 5.

"The charges do not reflect his role in trying to crush the uprising," an Egyptian source said.

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Adly has been the first senior official of the ousted regime of President Hosni Mubarak to face prosecution. On Feb. 17, Adly was arrested along with then-Tourism Minister Zuheir Garana and Mubarak confidante Ahmed Ezz, a senior member of the ruling National Democratic Party.

On March 3, Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq, the last head of government appointed by Mubarak, resigned. Shafiq, a former Air Force commander, was also believed to be facing charges relating to the regime's attempt to crush the opposition campaign.

The opposition said Adly played a major role in the killing of hundreds of anti-regime demonstrators in January and February. Nearly 400 people were killed and 6,000 injured during the 18-day campaign in which Mubarak finally resigned.

"Sadly, we believe that he and other lieutenants of Mubarak will be let go with a slap on the wrist," the source said.

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