Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak has been released from prison Thursday, adding another potentially complicating element to the country's ongoing turmoil.
A helicopter picked up 85-year-old Mubarak at Cairo's Tora prison on Thursday and flew him to a military hospital near the capital, where he will be placed under house arrest.
He was placed under house arrest according to an order Wednesday by Egypt's military-installoed prime minister.
Mubarak is still facing trial on murder and corruption charges linked to his 30 years in power, including charges that he failed to stop the killing of protesters during the 2011 uprising that ended his rule.
February 11, 2011: Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resigns amid massive protests across Egypt
April 13, 2011: Authorities detain Mubarak
May 24, 2011: Officials say Mubarak will stand trial for corruption and deaths of anti-government protesters
August 3, 2011: Mubarak's trial starts, he pleads innocent
June 2, 2012: Mubarak sentenced to life in prison for complicity in killing of protesters in 2011 uprising
January, 2013: Court allows Mubarak to appeal and orders a retrial
August 19, 2013: Mubarak acquitted of corruption charge
August 21, 2013: Egyptian court orders Mubarak to be released. Faces retrial on charges of complicity in the killing of the protesters
August 22, 2013: Mubarak is released from prison and placed under house arrest
He was convicted on the charges last year and sentenced to life in prison. But a court later ordered a retrial, which was under way when a Cairo court ordered his conditional release on Wednesday.
Earlier this week , an Egyptian court also cleared Mubarak of charges that he and his sons stole public money for presidential palaces.
Mubarak's ouster led to Mohamed Morsi becoming Egypt's president, before he was toppled by the military on July 3 and arrested.
The army installed an interim government that has been cracking down on Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood.
Egyptian authorities say at least 1,000 people have been killed in political violence since early July. The Brotherhood says the toll is much higher.