Zakaria Azmy trial adjourned to 27 November

The Cairo Criminal Court on Monday adjourned to 27 November the trial of the former presidential chief of staff, Zakariya Azmy, who is facing charges of corruption.

The court decided to adjourn the trial so as to include Bahia Halawa, Azmy’s wife, in the same case, and to give Azmy's lawyer time to read documents.

The brother of Azmy’s wife, Gamal Halawa, is already being tried alongside Azmy on the same charges, which include illegally profiting from his position of power.

On April 7, Azmy, Mubarak's chief of staff for 22 years, was arrested after being accused by state prosecutors of using his position to amass a personal fortune. He was questioned by Essam al-Gawahry, a senior Justice Ministry official heading a committee in charge of uncovering corruption during Mubarak's 30-year rule.

After four months of investigation, prosecutors said that he had abused his power as chief of the presidential staff, a member of parliament and in other leading positions in the dissolved National Democratic Party. He was referred to court after Gawahry froze his assets.

Azmy is one of a series of officials from the former regime to be investigated and have their assets frozen in response to demands by revolutionary forces for tougher action against officials who they accused of amassing wealth at the expense of ordinary Egyptians.

Investigations indicated that Gamal Halawa hid real estate that he owns from the tax authorities, relying for protection on his kinship to Azmy.

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