CAIRO (AP) -- He's out of prison, but former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is now under house arrest at a hospital in a suburb of Cairo.
A court ordered his release this week, but Mubarak could go back to prison if he's convicted in the deaths of protesters during the 2011 uprising against him.
The decision to put the 85-year-old Mubarak under house arrest instead of letting him go free appeared aimed at easing some of the criticism over releasing him -- while also ensuring that he appears in court next week for his trial.
Footage on private TV stations showed the helicopter carrying Mubarak landing at the pad outside the military hospital, which sits on the banks of the Nile. He was immediately transported to an ambulance and moved across the street to the hospital. Mubarak flashed a smile and held his arms behind his head while medics pushed his gurney into the ambulance.
As the ambulance drove across the street and into the main gate of the military hospital, guards and soldiers ran after the vehicle, possibly for fear that the ex-president could be the target of an attack.