Former Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak was released from prison on Thursday, over two years after he was jailed on charges of corruption and for killing protesters.

Mr Mubarak has been released from prison, according to state television. The 85-year-old longtime autocrat was taken from Cairo’s Tora prison by medical helicopter, following a court ruling which ordered his release.

Mr Mubarak will still remain under house arrest pending trial.

He was initially taken to a military hospital in Maadi, a suburb in southern Cairo.

A small crowd of supporters gathered outside the prison and cheered as the helicopter took off.

Meanwhile, the April 6 youth movement has called protests on Friday against his release.