Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been released from Tora prison in Cairo and flown by helicopter to the armed forces medical complex in nearby Maadi.
Egypt’s judicial authorities ordered his release from jail saying there were no longer any legal grounds to hold him.
The 85-year-old will now stay at the hospital under house arrest. He will remain on a no-fly list and his bank accounts frozen.
It is not the end of the legal process for the former leader he still faces a retrial on charges of complicity in the killing of 900 demonstrators during the 18-day popular uprising that brought about his downfall.
Mubarak has been in custody for just over 2 years. He served as Egyptian president from 1981 to 2011.