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Former Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak transported from prison, flown to military hospital

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
August 22nd, 2013
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Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been released from prison and has been flown to a military hospital in Cairo. Transferred to Maadi hospital upon Mubarak's request, the hospital is where he has been treated during his two-year detention.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Interim Prime Minister's office says that Mubarak would be placed under house arrest, after a court ruling stated he could be released from prison pending further investigation into corruption charges.

Mubarak, who was ousted in a 2011 uprising, has been told he can prepare for future court appearances from home. His release was not appealed, even though prosecutors had 48 hours to challenge it, which would have kept the former president in prison for up to 30 more days.

Some Egyptians see this as the old regime reasserting itself, after Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president, was ousted.

Mubarak has already spent more than two years in pre-trial detention, the maximum allowed under Egyptian law. He is now eligible for release pending trial.

The courts have issued three orders since April releasing Mubarak on various charges. The recent ruling has cleared the way for his release on the fourth and final charge. He will still face trial on charges including complicity in the killing of protesters during the 2011 revolution that toppled him and three separate corruption cases.

With an army-backed interim government in power, many observers expect to see Mubarak eventually acquitted.

"After the fall of Muslim Brotherhood rule, Mubarak's defense will likely shift the blame to them," Hoda Nasrallah, a lawyer at the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights said. Nasrallah was referring to claims by Mubarak's longtime intelligence Chief Omar Suleiman that the Brotherhood was responsible for the violence during the revolution.

"[And] as for the financial corruption cases, often these cases are settled when the amount in question is returned," she told reporters.

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