Mubarak Gets Out of Jail

The deposed ruler is now under house arrest instead

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Amr Nabil / AP

Egyptian medics escort former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, 85, into an ambulance after he was flown by a helicopter ambulance to the Maadi Military Hospital from Torah prison in, Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013.

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was released from prison and placed under house arrest Thursday, more than two years after he was deposed during the Arab Spring uprisings.

A court had ordered Wednesday that Mubarak, who ruled Egypt for 30 years, be released while he awaits a retrial against him for complicity in the killing of protesters during the protests against him. Video footage Thursday showed the ailing 85-year-old being transported by helicopter to a military hospital.

Mubarak’s release comes amid ongoing violence and political turmoil since the ouster of Mubarak’s successor, Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, earlier this summer.