Mubarak-era official gets ‘salute’ from police officer

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A video of an Egyptian bearded police officer saluting former Interior Minister Habib al-Adli during the latter’s retrial on charges of killing peaceful protestors in the 2011 has raised eyebrows of many Egyptians.

The video, already circulating on social networking websites, promoted debate especially that the officer looked like a bearded Islamist.

Adli was the first official from former President Hosni Mubarak’s administration to stand trial and be convicted on charges of corruption.

Many Egyptians watched Adli’s trial as he is widely reviled for the brutality shown by his police force during the January 2011 protests that led to Mubarak’s ouster.

The officer along with other security forces accompanied Adli to a car to transfer him from the court to his prison cell, Egypt-based Youm 7 newspaper said.

In May of 2011, Adli was sentenced for seven years on charges of profiteering and five years for money laundering and was also fined $2.5 million.

Adli is also serving time for allegedly ordering the police force to use live ammunition, teargas and water cannon to try to break up protests against the former government during the January 2011 uprising.

This is not the first incident of a police officer showing respect to a Mubarak-era official.

Another sheriff from the Tora Prison, where Adli is incarcerated, was dismissed after he saluted the ousted president. The sheriff was also accused of offering members of the former regime special treatment, such as allowing them to hold banquets during the holy month of Ramadan, Youm 7 said.