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Egypt’s court acquits Mubarak-era security chief in graft case

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Egypt’s court acquits Mubarak-era security chief in graft case

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Al-Adly was Egypt’s security chief from 1997 until the 2011 uprising that unseated long-time dictator Hosny Mubarak.

In April 2017, another court had sentenced al-Adly and two other officials at the interior ministry to seven years in prison after convicting them of embezzlement of public funds.

In January 2018, Egypt’s top appeals court revoked the verdict and ordered a retrial.

On Thursday, the Giza Criminal Court near Cairo acquitted eight others in the same case, the sources said.

The same court sentenced another defendant, a former accounting official at the interior ministry, to three years in prison and ordered him to refund 62.1 million Egyptian pounds (3.6 million dollars), according to semi-official newspaper al-Ahram.

The court did not provide an immediate explanation for the rulings, which can be appealed.

Al-Adly had previously been cleared of several corruption charges.

He was also cleared, on retrial, of responsibility for the killing of hundreds of demonstrators during the anti-Mubarak uprising.

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