Tora Prison: Mubarak out, Brotherhood leaders in

Mubarak was released from Tora prison on Thursday after a court ruling ordering him set free

Tora Prison: Mubarak out, Brotherhood leaders in

World Bulletin/News Desk

Egyptian state and private newspapers on Thursday front-paged the release of toppled president Hosni Mubarak.

Mubarak was released from Tora prison on Thursday after a court ruling ordering him set free after accepting his appeal against charges that he had received millions of Egyptian pounds worth of "gifts" from state-owned daily Al-Ahram while in office.

It was the last case for which Mubarak had been remanded in custody.

He was transported to the Maadi Military Hospital, where he was put under house arrest.

"Mubarak set free today" headlined the state-run Al-Ahram newspaper.

"Tora pays farewell to Mubarak, welcomes Brotherhood leaders", read another headline by the private Al-Masry Al-Youm.

Egyptian authorities have arrested several high and middle ranking leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood since last week's dispersal of sit-ins staged by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.

Al-Masry Al-Youm predicted that Mubarak's release will spark anger among young revolutionists who blame the Muslim Brotherhood for the toppled leader's release.

On Wednesday, Tamarod movement, which led calls for the June 30 protests that culminated in the ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi, blamed the latter for Mubarak's release.

"Morsi did not issue a law for transitional justice that would have guaranteed the trial of whoever was charged with killing martyrs or was involved in corruption," it stated.

The April 6 youth group described Mubarak as a "criminal".

"Mubarak has committed crimes against the people," group spokesperson Khaled al-Masri told Anadolu Agency.

"He [Mubarak] is a criminal, whether or not he is acquitted by the court."

Mubarak was ousted in early 2011 after having ruled the country since the 1981 assassination of President Anwar Sadat.

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