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Former Egypt president Morsi dies in court

Published : Monday, 17 June, 2019 at 10:23 PM  Count : 626

Mohamed Morsi pictured while on trial in 2016. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty

Mohamed Morsi pictured while on trial in 2016. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty

Egypt’s former president Mohammed Morsi, who was ousted by the army in 2013, has collapsed after a court session and died, says state TV.

He reportedly fainted after a court session where he was facing espionage charges and subsequently died. He was 67.

Morsi was overthrown following mass protests a year after he took office as the country’s first democratically elected leader, BBC reports.

He had remained in custody since then.

The Guardian adds: The state broadcaster said on Monday that Morsi, 67, was attending a session in his trial on espionage charges when he blacked out and then died. His body was taken to a hospital, it said.

Morsi was elected president in 2012 in the country’s first free elections after longtime leader Hosni Mubarak was forced from power.

Following a wave of mass protests in 2013, the military ousted Morsi and crushed the Brotherhood in a major crackdown, arresting many of the group’s leaders.

In 2018, a panel of three British parliamentarians reported that Morsi was being kept in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day, with just one hour allowed for exercise.

The politicians – who formed an independent detention review panel – said that the conditions of Morsi’s confinement could be classified as torture and could also lead to his premature death.

Morsi, who had a history of ill health including diabetes, liver and kidney disease, was not receiving the medical care required, the MPs found.


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