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Mubarak sent to military hospital

Fri., Aug. 23, 2013

Egyptian medics and military policemen escort former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, 85, into an ambulance Thursday. (Associated Press)
Egyptian medics and military policemen escort former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, 85, into an ambulance Thursday. (Associated Press)

CAIRO – Wearing a white T-shirt and flashing a smile, Hosni Mubarak was transferred from prison Thursday to a military hospital where he will be under house arrest, a reversal of fortune for the former president who was ousted by a popular uprising and is on trial for complicity in the killing of protesters in 2011.

The release of the 85-year-old Mubarak comes amid a sweeping crackdown against the Muslim Brotherhood, which rose to power after the revolution only to see their Islamist president – Mohammed Morsi – toppled by a military coup last month.

Many feared the decision to let Mubarak out of prison at such a tense time would serve as a rallying cry for Morsi’s supporters against the country’s interim leaders.

Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi ordered Mubarak placed under house arrest as part of emergency measures imposed last week after security forces forcibly dismantled two pro-Morsi protest camps, triggering a wave of violence that has killed more than 1,000 people.

The decision came after anti-Morsi groups called on the interim leadership to use the emergency measures to keep Mubarak locked up, arguing that his release posed a threat to national security. The decision to place the ex-president under house arrest instead of letting him go free appeared designed to ease some of the criticism.

Associated Press


 

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