Adly, security officials ‘forced labor’ trial to begin 3 July


The Cairo Court of Appeals will begin on 3 July the trial of former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly and two other officials on charges of forcing Interior Ministry recruits to work for them in their private businesses.

Adly's former training sector aide, Major General Hassan Abdel Hamid, and the head of Adly’s security detail, Colonel Ahmed Bassel, will stand trial with Adly.

The public prosecutor has charged the defendants with “forced labor, intentional damage and seizing of public funds.” According to investigations, Adly forced nearly 150 recruits to work on two farms he owned, as well as one Bassel owned, over a three-year period.

Investigations also revealed that recruits had worked for Adly and Bassel for three years, during which they built two villas with two swimming pools for Adly and a third for Bassel.

Public Prosecutor Abdel Meguid Mahmoud had earlier referred Adly, Abdel Hamid and Bassel to the Cairo Criminal Court.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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