6 May 2011

Former Egyptian government minister jailed

3:55 pm on 6 May 2011

Egypt's former interior minister has been sentenced to prison for 12 years for money laundering and profiteering.

As head of the country's security services, Habib al-Adly was a key part of the Mubarak regime that was forced from power by a popular uprising in February.

Adly was convicted on Thursday of money-laundering and illicitly enriching himself while in office. He had pleaded not guilty to both charges.

He was also fined nearly 15 million Egyptian pounds ($US2.5 million).

Adly faces separate charges of ordering troops to fire on demonstrators.

The BBC reports he may face the death penalty if convicted.