Mubarak freed from prison

Deposed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak has been freed from a Cairo jail after charges against him were dropped.

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Hosni Mubarak 'flown to hospital'

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was flown from prison to hospital, officials said, after judicial authorities ordered his release from prison.

Exclusive footage shown on a private TV station in Egypt showed the military helicopter that lifted him from prison landing and being met by an ambulance.

He is due to be treated in a hospital in the suburb of Maadi, officials told Reuters.

Hosni Mubarak supporters celebrate prison release

A small group of supporters celebrated the release of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarack. Credit: Reuters

A small group of supporters of former president Hosni Mubarak gathered outside his prison on the outskirts of Cairo to celebrate his release.

An army helicopter transported him to a military hospital in the nearby suburb of Maadi, Reuters reports.

A supporter of former president Hosni Mubarak celebrates outside the prison he was freed from, this afternoon. Credit: Reuters / Youssef Boudlal



Fate of Mubarak must be decided in 'transparent way'

The fate of Hosni Mubarak must be decided in a "transparent and impartial" way, William Hague said amid fears the former Egyptian president's release from jail could further inflame unrest.

William Hague attended an emergency meeting of European Union foreign ministers in Brussels today. Credit: Press Association

The comments came amid concern the decision of an Egyptian court to order the release on bail of Mubarak - detained since he was ousted by a pro-democracy rising in 2011 - could worsen tensions.

"This is a matter for the Egyptian judicial system but we hope that all the decisions they take, particularly on such a sensitive matter, will be transparent and will be impartial," Mr Hague said.

William Hague condemns Egyptian bloodshed

Speaking after an emergency meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council, Foreign Secretary William Hague condemned the on-going bloodshed in Egypt and praised the work of European Union foreign policy chief Cathy Ashton.

Foreign Secretary William Hague. Credit: ITV Pool

He said: "All ministers have been reflecting the strong condemnation of the disproportionate actions of the Egyptian security forces but also of the acts of some of those opposed to the authorities in the attacking of churches and hospitals - totally unacceptable acts of terrorism."

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