News Brief 5/5/2011, Iyar 1, 5771
Former Egyptian Minister Sentenced
Egypt's former interior minister, Habib al-Adly, was sentenced Thursday to 12 years in jail for a variety of crimes, including money laundering and profiteering. Al-Adly was also responsible for the initial deployment of police against protesters in the first days of the Egyptian uprising this year, and allegedly ordered police to treat protesters harshly, with some accusing him of ordering police to shoot to kill. He will be tried separately for those charges.
Al-Adly has said that he ordered police not to shoot, and was instrumental in allowing the open protests that coalesced and were conducted peacefully during the progressive weeks of the protests.