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.
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.
Egyptian medics escort former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak into an ambulance after after he was flown by a helicopter to the Maadi Military Hospital from Torah prison, Cairo, August 22, 2013.
Egyptian medics and police escort former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak into an ambulance after after he was flown by a helicopter to the Maadi Military Hospital from Torah prison, Cairo, August 22, 2013.
Supporters of deposed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak gesture as the helicopter carrying him leaves Tora prison, Cairo, August 22, 2013.
Supporters of Egypt's deposed president Hosni Mubarak wave a large national flag in front of Torah Prison in Cairo, August 22, 2013.
Egyptian police escorts stand by vehicles for general prisoner transport at Tora prison, Cairo, August 22, 2013.
A supporter of former president Hosni Mubarak holds his poster to celebrate as she waits for his release in front of the main gate of Tora prison, Cairo, August 22, 2013.