Hosni Mubarak, former Egyptian dictator, has been released from prison after a successful appeal against his detention.
According to the BBC, Mubarak was taken by helicopter from Cairo’s Tora prison to a hospital but is later expected to be put under house arrest because he still faces charges of corruption and complicity in the killing of demonstrators during the protests that toppled him in 2011.
Many believe that his release is a sign that the military is rolling back the changes that followed the 2011uprisings popularly known as the ‘Arab Spring.’
Following the crackdown by the military on members of the Moslem Brotherhood protesting the ouster of the Mohammed Morsi regime on July 3rd Egypt has been under a state of emergency. This state of emergency was imposed by the military backed interim government.
On Thursday, the medical helicopter arrived at Tora, as dozens of Mubarak supporters – some waving flags – gathered outside the prison.
Egyptian TV then showed the helicopter transferring Mr Mubarak to a military hospital in the capital. The ex-leader was seen being transferred from the aircraft into an ambulance outside the hospital, amid heavy security.
This comes after a court ruled on Wednesday that the former leader must be released in a corruption case.
The verdict came during the hearing on charges that the former president had accepted gifts from state-run publisher al-Ahram. The value of the gifts has since been repaid.
The court said its decision was final and no appeal would be allowed.
Prosecutors have previously brought new charges when courts have ordered Mr Mubarak’s release – a move intended to keep the ailing ex-leader in detention.
Shortly after the court ruling, 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.
A Muslim Brotherhood member, Mona al-Qazzaz, described his release this was to the BBC: “It’s the return of the figure that Egyptian people revolted against,”