Aug. 22 - Egypt's former autocrat Hosni Mubarak was flown from jail in a symbolic victory for an army-dominated old order that has overthrown and imprisoned his freely elected Islamist successor. Katharine Jackson reports.
Applause erupts outside the Tora prison in Cairo on Thursday (August 22) as a helicopter believed to be carrying former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak lifts off. Minutes later, a helicopter lands at a military hospital nearby, where an ambulance awaits. Ordered by judicial authorities, Mubarak's release is a symbolic victory for an army-dominated old order that has overthrown and imprisoned his elected Islamist successor Mohamed Mursi. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) UNIDENTIFIED EGYPTIAN CITIZEN SAYING: "Hosni is good, may God protect him, he's offered us all the good things one can imagine, now they are taking away everything, they are putting anyone in prison, Hosni is great, Hosni is great." For Mubarak's enemies, the moment marks a reversal of the 2011 pro-democracy uprising that brought the authoritarian leader down after three decades in power. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) FOUNDING MEMBER OF TAMARUD OPPOSITION GROUP, WALEED AL MASRI, SAYING: ''How can he be released, or how can he be free when it comes to the case of killing the revolutionaries, when all Egyptians and the entire world witnessed the killings of the revolutionaries on TV, so how, how when there is all that evidence?'' A month-long state of emergency was declared last week when police stormed protest camps set up by Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood. Official sources say about 900 people, including some 100 soldiers and police, have been killed since then, a toll The Brotherhood says is even higher. Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison last year for failing to prevent the killing of demonstrators. A court has ordered a retrial, and the prime minister's office has said Mubarak will be under house arrest.