Mubarak Under Guard at Military Hospital

Reuters23.08.2013 Egypt
Mubarak Under Guard at Military Hospital

Mubarak Under Guard at Military Hospital

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Egypt’s ousted President Hosni Mubarak arrived at the Military International Medical Center on Thursday after he was freed from prison, the Interior Ministry said.


Earlier Thursday, a helicopter landed at the Cairo prison where deposed President Hosni Mubarak was being held to take him to a new location where he will be put under house arrest, state TV reported.

Witnesses saw a helicopter land at Tora prison on the southern outskirts of Cairo.

Mubarak is under guard at the Military's International Medical Center, a hospital northeast of Cairo, according to his lawyer, as well as medical and security sources.

The Prime Minister's office said Mubarak, who ruled Egypt for 30 years until he was overthrown in 2011 as uprisings swept the Arab world, would 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 Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood to demand his reinstatement.

About 900 people, including some 100 soldiers and police, have been killed in violence across Egypt since then, making it the bloodiest bout of internal strife in the Republic's history.

Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison last year for failing to prevent the killing of demonstrators. But a court accepted his appeal earlier this year and ordered a retrial.

This week two court rulings in separate corruption cases removed the last legal grounds for his continued detention.

Mubarak is still being retried on charges of complicity in the killing of protesters during the revolt against him, but he has already served the maximum pretrial detention in that case.

The ailing former Air Force Pilot probably has no political future and will not be allowed to leave Egypt, with his assets remaining frozen.

Political upheaval has gripped Egypt since Mursi's overthrow. The Military's declared plan for a return to democracy has yet to calm the most populous Arab nation, where Security Forces impose a nightly curfew as they hunt down Brotherhood leaders.

The clampdown appears to have weakened the Arab world's oldest and arguably most influential Islamist group, which won five successive votes in Egypt after Mubarak's fall.

Source: Reuters; AFP

 

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