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Egypt's Mubarak Released From Prison to House Arrest

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak has been released from prison, adding another potentially complicating element to the country's ongoing turmoil.

A helicopter picked up Mr. 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.



Egyptian judicial authorities ordered the release of the ailing 85-year-old from prison this week, saying he could no longer be held in custody during his retrial on corruption and murder charges.

Mr. Mubarak has faced murder and corruption charges linked to his 30 years in power and the 2011 popular uprising that ended his rule.

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