Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Released From Prison, Placed on House Arrest
Hosni Mubarak, Egypt's former leader who was booted out of power in 2011, was released from prison Thursday.
The move came after Egypt's prime minister ordered Mubarak, who has been in custody for more than two years, to be released and put on house arrest on Wednesday.
The move is expected incite renewed anger from the Muslim Brotherhood, backers the more recently ousted Mohammed Morsi who was placed in prison indefinitely after his forcible removal in July.
According to Egyptian state television, on Thursday morning, a helicopter outfitted with medical equipment arrived at the jail where Mubarak was being held to aid in his transfer to house arrest. Mubarak will serve his house arrest at a military hospital in the suburbs of Cairo.
Mubarak supporters have claimed that he's from a series of health complications including a stroke, heart attack, and possible comas during his time in prison.
According to Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi, the decision to move Mubarak to house arrest was partially due to the emergency measures put in place after a a wave of violence erupted in the country as Morsi supporters and government forces clashed. It was also determined that Mubarak could not legally be held any longer.
Despite the release from custody, the former president is not off the hook yet. Mubarak is still facing charges for several alleged crimes, including the deaths of more than 900 protestors during the 2011 uprising that led to him being overthrown. His retrial continues next week.
The move to release the much reviled leader comes on the heels of a huge government crackdown on pro Morsi supporters that left more than 1000 people dead as security forces violently cleared out protestor camps.
Some speculate that Mubarak was placed under house arrest rather than released outright to assuage public anger and ensure that the former leader shows up to court.