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Egypt’s Mubarak flown out of prison: Interior Ministry

Press TV

Egypt’s Interior Ministry says former dictator Hosni Mubarak has been flown out of Cairo’s Tora Prison by a military helicopter to a military hospital in the capital.

On Thursday afternoon, live television footage showed Mubarak being transferred from an ambulance into the helicopter to be taken to hospital.

The deposed dictator will be held under arrest at the Cairo hospital on the orders of the interim Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi, who has been empowered to order apprehensions as long as the state of emergency is in effect.

“In the context of the emergency law, the deputy military commander issued an order that Hosni Mubarak should be put under house arrest,” the prime minister’s office said in a statement.

After more than two years in detention, the court ordered Mubarak’s conditional release on Wednesday after being cleared in a corruption case.

However, the 85-year-old still faces charges of complicity in the killing of hundreds of protesters during the 2011 revolution that ended his decades-long grip on power.

Mubarak’s release threatens to increase tensions across the North African country. The country plunged into turmoil after the army overthrew former president Mohamed Morsi on July 3.

Meanwhile, supporters of Morsi have called on the Egyptians to hold “Friday of Martyrs” demonstrations across the country to protest against his ouster.

Egyptian security forces have arrested hundreds of Morsi’s supporters in recent days as the military-backed government has tried to end weeks of protests and to stamp its authority on the deeply polarized North African nation.


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