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May 8, 2011 8:15 pm

Former Egyptian Minister Sentenced to 12 Years

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SMH – Egyptians are celebrating the sentencing of the once-feared former Interior Minister, Habib el-Adly, to 12 years in prison, a decision which sets the scene for a series of high-profile corruption trials of senior figures from the government of the ousted president, Hosni Mubarak.

Arguably the most powerful cabinet minister under Mubarak, el-Adly, 73, personified the government’s repressive tactics. He presided for 14 years over a central security force of nearly 400,000. The security police focused exclusively on suppressing domestic dissent and unrest, specialising in torture and detention without trial.

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