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.