EGYPT'S ousted leader Hosni Mubarak has been released from prison and private TV stations have shown footage of his arrival at a military hospital in a Cairo suburb where he will be held under house arrest.
The release threatens to stoke unrest as the Arab nation is already roiled in a crisis over a military coup that ousted Mr. Mubarak's Islamist successor Mohammed Morsi .
Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi has ordered that Mr. Mubarak be put under house arrest as part of the emergency measures imposed this month after awave of violence sparked by Mr. Morsi's ouster. The decision appeared designed to ease some of the criticism over Mr. Mubarak being freed from prison and ensure that he appears in court next week for a separate trial.
Mr. Mubarak still faces retrial on charges of complicity in the killing of nearly 900 protesters in Egypt's 2011 uprising. His trial resumes next week. He is facing a number of other charges of corruption, but prosecutors have already ordered his release pending trials. The last release order Wednesday was on charges of receiving gifts from a state-owned newspaper, a case Mr. Mubarak had settled.
Since his ouster, Mr. Mubarak's supporters have released conflicting details about his health, including that the 85-year-old suffered a stroke, a heart attack and at times went into a coma. His critics called these an attempt to gain public sympathy and court leniency.
His wife, Suzanne, has been living in Cairo and keeping a low profile, occasionally visiting Mr. Mubarak and their two sons in prison. But security officials said Mr. Mubarak was more likely to be moved to a military hospital because of his ailing health.