Cairo, March 5 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Former Egyptian interior minister Habib al-Adly went on trial in Cairo Saturday to face embezzlement and money laundering charges.
Saturday’s trial was the first of a string of prosecutions of former high-ranking Egyptian officials following the resignation of former president Hosni Mubarak.
Al-Adly is accused of embezzling some $750,000 of state funds, which he later allegedly used to pay for a plot of land.
The judge adjourned the case until April 2 after the defence sought more time to study case materials.
The former minister was brought in an armoured vehicle to the criminal court building, which was surrounded by crowds of demonstrators.
Some of the demonstrators demanded the death penalty for al-Adly.
Mubarak stepped down Feb 11 after 18 days of large-scale anti-government protests that broke out in Cairo and quickly spread throughout Egypt, leaving hundreds of people dead.