Cairo, Feb 28 (IANS) Egypt’s former interior minister Habib el-Adly, accused of money laundering, will be the first minister of the regime of toppled president Hosni Mubarak to face trial before a criminal court.
El-Adly will be tried March 5. He was arrested Feb 17 along with former tourism minister Zuheir Garana and a senior member of the National Democratic Party (NDP), Ahmed Ezz, Xinhua reported citing Egyptian state TV.
Punishing corrupt officials was one of the main demands of protesters in Egypt’s 18-day nationwide demonstration that brought an end to Mubarak’s 29-year rule.
Mubarak stepped down Feb 11 and moved to a villa in Sharm el Sheikh resort city.
Egypt’s public prosecution have begun investigation in corruption cases against senior officials. It has imposed a ban on dozens of members of the present and former government from travelling abroad without permission and has frozen their bank assets.