Egypt's Hosni Mubarak freed from prison

Key points

  • Egyptian ex-president Hosni Mubarak is released from prison having appealed against his detention
  • He faces charges of killing demonstrators during protests that toppled him in 2011, and corruption
  • A helicopter flew the 85-year-old out of Cairo's Tora prison at around 16:00 (15:00 BST)
  • He is reportedly under house arrest at a military hospital in Cairo. His retrial resumes on Sunday
  • Many see his release as a sign the army is rolling back changes made since he was deposed
  • His lawyers argued he had served the maximum term of pre-trial detention. All times BST

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  • Jasmine Coleman 
  • Michael Hirst 

Last updated 22 August 2013


Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been released from prison after his lawyers argued he had served the maximum term of pre-trial detention.


A helicopter flew the 85-year-old out of Tora prison on the southern outskirts of Cairo around 16:00 (15:00 BST).


He was reportedly taken to a military hospital. He is to be held under house arrest, pending the resumption of a retrial on charges of corruption and killing demonstrators during the protests that toppled him in February 2011.


Mr Mubarak was found guilty of not putting a stop to the killing of protesters by security forces and sentenced to life imprisonment in June 2012.

In January his life sentence was overturned on appeal and a retrial ordered.

The retrial began on 11 May but was then adjourned and is scheduled to resume on 25 August.

He also faces corruption charges.


Supporters waved as the helicopter carrying Mr Mubarak left the prison.

Supporters wave as the helicopter carrying Mr Mubarak leaves the prison


Quentin Sommerville, BBC News, Cairo

Tamarod on why no protests against Mubarak's release: "The Egyptian people already have a lot to deal with."


A supporter of former president Hosni Mubarak celebrates as she waits for his release in front of the main gate of Tora prison on the outskirts of Cairo, 22 August 2013

Supporters of the former president have been celebrating in front of the main gate of Tora prison, although their numbers are said to be relatively few. Correspondents have noted the lack of protests.


An ambulance transfers Mubarak from the helicopter to a military hospital

Egyptian TV pictures showed Mr Mubarak being transferred from the helicopter into an ambulance. An ambulance was later seen entering Maadi military hospital in southern Cairo.


Kevin Connolly, BBC Middle East correspondent in Cairo,

says this is a remarkable moment at a time of huge instability in Egypt. Mr Mubarak has plenty of supporters - some of whom gathered outside the prison today - who believe Egypt has been worse off without him.

But many more will feel his release somehow reverses one of the most tangible gains of the Arab Spring.


The move comes after a court ruled on Wednesday that Mr Mubarak must be released. The ruling came during the hearing on charges that the former president had accepted gifts from state-run publisher al-Ahram.

Shortly after the court ruling on Wednesday, the office of Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi said Mr Mubarak would be placed under house arrest after his release.

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