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Habib al-Adly Money Laundering Case

Court / Presiding Judge

First Review: Giza Criminal Court/Judge Al-Mohamedi Qanswa
Second Review: Giza Criminal Court/Judge Ibrahim al-Sayyad

Procedural History

In May 2011, the court issued its verdict upon first review. In 2013, the Court of Cassation overturned the ruling. The Cairo Criminal Court, upon second review, then began a retrial, the verdict in which was issued in June 2014.


Upon first review, Habib al-Adly was found guilty and sentenced to 12 years in prison and an LE5 million fine. Adly was also ordered to repay LE4.5 million to the state. Upon appeal, Adly was acquitted of all charges.

Summary of Reasoning

Habib al-Adly was initially accused of making LE5 million from corrupt deals. More specifically, he was accused of abusing his position by assigning his subordinates, the management of al-Nakhil Cooperative Association (which builds housing units for police officers), and the police academy to sell land he owned in the association’s project at the highest price. Despite investigations, the court ultimately found Adly innocent of the charges brought against him.

Anecdotal Notes

Investigations revealed that the land in question was sold for LE4.85 million to a contractor that carries out projects for the Interior Ministry.

Legal & Judicial Implications

The acquittal in the Habib al-Adly money laundering case came on the heels of a trend in which Mubarak officials were handed down severe initial sentences for corruption charges, but were later acquitted once a retrial would ensue. The stark difference between a significant prison sentence and a later acquittal raises questions on the investigative process, the admission of evidence, and the procedures by which government officials are brought to justice.