23 Aug 2013

Mubarak freed in Cairo

5:33 am on 23 August 2013

Former president Hosni Mubarak of Egypt has been released after more than two years in detention after appealing against his detention.

He was flown out of Tora prison in Cairo by helicopter on Thursday to a hospital and is under house arrest there.

Mr Mubarak, 85, still faces charges of corruption and complicity in the killing of demonstrators during the protests that toppled him in 2011.

The BBC reports his release is seen by many as a sign that the military is rolling back the changes that flowed from the uprising.

Egypt is under a state of emergency amid the bloodshed since the Army deposed President Mohammed Morsi on 3 July. Hundreds of members of the Muslim Brotherhood have been detained.

Egyptian TV showed the helicopter transferring Mr Mubarak to a military hospital in the capital. He was then transferred from the aircraft into an ambulance outside the hospital, amid heavy security.

A court ruled on Wednesday that the former leader must be released. The BBC reports the court said its decision was final and no appeal would be allowed.