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Egypt: Notorious former security chief cleared by court

Egypt: Notorious former security chief cleared by court
From Al Jazeera - January 11, 2018

Egypt's feared former interior minister was acquitted on corruption charges on Thursday and will be released from detention pending a retrial.

Habib el-Adly was sentenced to seven years in prison for embezzling $110m of public funds after being convicted in April 2017.

After his conviction, he disappeared and Egypt's interior ministry declared him a fugitive. He was arrested in December after turning himself over to authorities.

Egypt's Court of Cassation - the country's highest appeals court - overturned the corruption verdict because of procedural errors and ordered a retrial. He did not attend Thursday's hearing, Ahram Online reported.

Adly and two other interior ministry officials had been ordered to refund $110m and were fined the same amount, Reuters news agency reported.

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