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Egypt’s ex-president dies after court appearance

Egypt’s ex-president dies after court appearance

Jun 18, 2019 - 09:16

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi died after appearing in court on espionage charges, Al Jazeera reported.

The 67-year-old collapsed in a defendants’ cage in the courtroom and was pronounced dead in hospital on Monday. There were no apparent injuries on his body, the public prosecutor said.

"Morsi died while attending a session in his trial on espionage charges. He was granted permission to address the judge," said a presenter with Egypt's state TV.

"After the session was adjourned, the former president blacked out and then died. His body was taken to hospital."

His son, Abdullah Mohamed Morsi, told Reuters news agency the family did not know the location of his body. He added the authorities had refused to allow Mors’s burial at his family cemetery.

Morsi had a history of healthinfo-icon issues, including diabetes and liver and kidney disease. He had suffered from medical neglect during his imprisonment, compounded by the poor conditions in jail.

There have been reports over the years that Morsi had been mistreated and tortured in jail, with activists saying on Monday his death should be seen in context of the authorities' systematic isolation and mistreatment of political detainees.

Human Rights Watch called the news of Morsi's death "terrible" but "entirely predictable", citing the government's failure to allow him adequate medical care.

"The government of Egypt today bears responsibility for his death, given their failure to provide him with adequate medical care or basic prisoner rights," Al Jazeera added.



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