Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Leaves Prison

The former leader will be placed under house arrest.

Egyptian medics and military policemen escort Mubarak, 85, into an ambulance after after he was flown by a helicopter ambulance to the Maadi Military Hospital. Amr Nabil / AP

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak left a Tora jail in a helicopter Thursday, headed to a military hospital to transition into house arrest.

On Wednesday, a court ordered Mubarak’s release after his final corruption case settled. Under Egyptian law, prisoners can only be held for two years without a final verdict.

In May 2011, the deposed Mubarak was arrested on charges of killing peaceful protesters during the Egyptian revolution — a crime which he was later found guilty of. His sentence was life in prison, though it was later overturned. While he awaits retrial, the longtime autocrat will be kept under house arrest.

A Der Spiegel reporter on the ground described Mubarak’s first moments out of jail:

The hospital reportedly reinforced its perimeter fence in preparation for Mubarak’s arrival.

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