Former Egypt interior minister Habib al-Adly arrested: security sources

Habib al-Adly during one of his previous meetings

Former Egyptian interior minister Habib al-Adly has been arrested after failing to attend his sentencing in a trial over corruption charges, two security sources said on Tuesday.

Habib al-Adly during one of his previous hearings

Adly, who served under ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, was due to attend the final hearing in April and hand himself over to authorities, but did not show up and had been missing since then.

A copy of the April verdict obtained by Reuters showed that Adly and two other ministry officials were ordered to refund a total of 1.95 billion Egyptian pounds($109.83 million) and were fined the same amount.

Adly, who has denied the charges, is due back before the Court of Cassation, Egypt’s top civil court, for an appeal in January.

His lawyer could not be reached immediately for comment.

Egypt’s state news agency MENA earlier reported that Adly had been located, but did not disclose his location or whether he had been arrested.

A long-serving official at the head of Egypt’s feared internal security apparatus, Adly was acquitted of other graft charges two years ago.

He was also cleared in 2014, along with Mubarak and six aides, of charges related to killing protesters during the 2011 uprising which had led to their downfall.