Hosni Mubarak, Egypt's deposed president, has been placed under house arrest along with his family, according to a statement from Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.

The Egyptian military said the former leader will not be permitted to leave the country and also denied rumors that Mubarak had fled to Saudi Arabia.

There is no truth to reports that former president Hosni Mubarak has left Egypt for Tabuk in Saudi Arabia, the council said in a statement on the social networking site Facebook.

He is under house arrest, with his family, in Egypt.

The state-owned newspaper Al-Akhbar claimed Mubarak, 82, had gone to Tabuk to receive for medical treatment for cancer,

In early March, Egypt's prosecutor general denied reports in the media that Mubarak was in Saudi Arabia, asserting that the ex-preisdent and his family were at their home in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

(Tabuk is in northwestern Saudi Arabia not far from Sharm el-Sheikh).

Mubarak stepped down from power on February 11 after three decades, succeeded by the military council took power.

Meanwhile, Egypt is scheduled to hold parliamentary elections in September, although no specific date has yet been provided for a presidential vote.

The military council has also said that the country’s emergency laws – which have been in place for the entire duration of Mubarak’s reign – will be lifted prior to the parliamentary election.