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Egypt's Mubarak Released From Prison

posted 22 Aug 2013, 08:11 by Mpelembe   [ updated 22 Aug 2013, 08:11 ]

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is flown from prison to a nearby hospital in a helicopter after judicial authorities ordered his release.

CAIROEGYPT (AUGUST 22, 2013) (REUTERS) -  A medical helicopter believed to carry deposed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak on Thursday (August 22) was seen departing from Tora prison on the southern outskirts of Cairo. It landed minutes later at a military hospital in the nearby suburb of Maadi.

The state prosecutor gave written orders to the authorities at Tora prison, on the capital's southern outskirts, to release Mubarak, 85, an official in the prosecutor's office said.

The prime minister's office has said Mubarak, who ruled Egypt for 30 years until he was overthrown in 2011 as uprisings swept the Arab world, will be placed under house arrest.

That decision was made under a month-long state of emergency declared last week when police stormed protest camps set up in Cairo by the Brotherhood to demand ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi's reinstatement.