Trial of former Egyptian interior minister begins in Cairo

CAIRO - An Egyptian criminal court on Saturday began the first hearing in the case against former Interior Minister Habib al-Adli, charged with money laundering and profiteering, the state news agency MENA reported.
Adli was a reviled figure during the protests that led to the toppling of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Demonstrators had demanded he be sacked after police beat, tear-gassed and fired rubber bullets at them.
Bank accounts belonging to Adli and his family were frozen last month following accusations that more than 4 million Egyptian pounds ($678,100) was transferred to his personal account by a head of a contractor company, state television said.