Egyptian ex-President Hosni Mubarak released from jail
(July 20, 2013) ERTA
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Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been released from
prison after appealing against his detention.
He was taken by helicopter from Cairo's Tora prison to a hospital and
is later expected to be put under house arrest.
Mr Mubarak, 85, still faces charges of corruption and complicity in the
killing of demonstrators during the protests that toppled him in 2011.
His release is seen by many as a sign that the military is rolling back
the changes that flowed from the uprising.
Egypt is currently under a state of emergency amid the bloodshed
which has accompanied the military-backed interim government's
crackdown on Islamists opposed to the army's ousting of Islamist
President Mohammed Morsi on 3 July.
Hundreds of members of the Muslim Brotherhood - the movement from which Mr Morsi comes - have been detained, including
its most senior leader Mohammed Badie, who was wanted over alleged incitement to violence and murder.
Tensions remain high across Egypt, and the US embassy has warned American nationals in Cairo to stay in their homes or
nearby from 13:00 local time (10:00 GMT) on Friday - in anticipation of fresh street protests after traditional prayers,
according to the Associated Press.