Nation & World News

Mubarak Released From Prison, Now Under House Arrest

By Mark Memmott on August 22nd, 2013

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been released from the prison where he’s been held while awaiting a retrial on charges related to the killing of protesters in 2011. The protesters lost their lives during the demonstrations that led to the topping of Mubarak’s three-decade-old regime.

Earlier this week, a court ruled that after being held for two years while on trial and during his appeals, Mubarak could no longer be kept in prison. He’s also facing corruption charges.

Reports from NPR’s Peter Kenyon, the BBC, Reuters and other news outlets say a helicopter carrying the 85-year-old Mubarak lifted off Thursday afternoon from Tora prison in Cairo.

What’s next for him? As Al-Jazeera writes, “the interim prime minister’s office had said Mubarak would be placed under house arrest, following a court ruling stating he could be released from prison pending further investigation into corruption charges against him.”

The Associated Press says Mubarak is being taken to a military hospital in the capital. NPR’s Kenyon says the helicopter was seen landing near a hospital in southern Cairo.

Meanwhile, as we noted Monday:

“Egypt’s first democratically elected president — Mohammed Morsi — remains out of sight. He was ousted by the military last month and has been held since then. He’s being investigated for alleged conspiracy and murder.”

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

This entry was posted in News from NPR. Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.

 

More Stories in News from NPR

Researchers Warn Against ‘Autonomous Weapons’ Arms Race

Already, researcher Stuart Russell says, sentry robots in South Korea “can spot and track a human being for a distance of 2 miles — and can very accurately kill that person.”


Imprisoned Israeli Spy Jonathan Pollard To Be Released In November

The former civilian Navy analyst was arrested in 1985 and received a life sentence for passing classified information to Israel. He has served nearly 30 years.


Human Error Caused Virgin Galactic Crash, Investigators Say

SpaceShipTwo broke apart during an October test flight because the co-pilot unlocked a section of the spaceship’s tail too early, the National Transportation and Safety Board announced.


New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, seen here arriving at NFL headquarters last month, sought to destroy evidence in the "deflategate" incident, says NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

NFL’s Goodell Upholds Tom Brady’s 4-Game Suspension

Until June, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady did not acknowledge to investigators that he had destroyed his cellphone, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says.


Jennifer Welter, who played in a Texas Revolution game as a running back in 2014, will help coach the linebacker corps for the Arizona Cardinals this summer.

Arizona Cardinals Hire Female Coach For Training Camp And Preseason

“I am honored to be a part of this amazing team,” says Jen Welter, an athlete and sports psychologist.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Underwriting Payments