The Philippine Supreme Court has acquitted former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo of plunder, and ordered her immediate release.
Ms Arroyo has spent nearly five years in hospital detention accused of misusing 366m pesos ($7.8m; £6m) of lottery funds intended for charities.
Supreme Court spokesman Theodore Te told reporters the case was dismissed "for insufficiency of evidence".
Despite her detention, Ms Arroyo, 69, was re-elected to Congress in May.
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