Egypt’s Morsi Dies During Trial

(MEE) — Egypt’s deposed President Mohamed Morsi has died following a session in court, a state-run television station and newspaper reported on Monday.

Morsi, 67, fell into a coma after attending a session in his trial over charges of espionage, according to al-Ahram newspaper.

In the session he was granted permission to address the judge, al-Ahram said. After the session was adjourned, the former president fell unconscious and died.

The former president was transferred to an unnamed hospital, al-Ahram said.

Morsi’s son, Ahmed Mohamed Morsi, appeared to confirm the reports on Facebook, writing: “We will meet in the presence of God.”

Morsi, Egypt’s first freely elected leader, came to power following the 2011 popular revolution that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

Born in Giza’s al-Ayat, Morsi was an academic and engineer who rose to seniority in Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, before winning the 2012 presidential election as his group’s candidate.

He was removed from power in a 2013 military coup led by his defence minister, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who then replaced him as president.

Worsening conditions

In March 2018, a panel of British politicians and lawyers warned that Morsi’s prison conditions were poor and could lead to his early death.

The panel, which had been convened at the request of Morsi’s family, said he had been “receiving inadequate medical care, particularly inadequate management of his diabetes, and inadequate management of his liver disease”.

“The consequence of this inadequate care is likely to be rapid deterioration of his long-term conditions, which is likely to lead to premature death,” the panel said in a statement at the time.

The panel, led by Crispin Blunt, a Conservative member of parliament and former officer in the British army, asked to visit Morsi.

The request was ignored by the Egyptian government. It gathered information about the conditions in which Morsi was being held from a number of sources, including the deposed president’s son and a number of health professionals.

The panel said the conditions of his detention could meet the threshold for torture in Egyptian and international law. It added that President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi “could, in principle, be responsible for the crime of torture”.

Since coming to power, Sisi has waged a crackdown on his political opponents, particularly the Muslim Brotherhood, from which Morsi hailed.

In a statement, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said: “I wish Allah mercy to our martyr. I wish condolences to his family, his relatives and the Egyptian people. The cruel Sisi executed nearly 50 Egyptians.”

Human Rights Watch’s Middle East director, Sarah Leah Whitson, said Morsi died following a stroke.

“This is terrible but ENTIRELY predictable, given govt failure to allow him adequate medical care, much less family visits,” she tweeted.

This is a developing story…

By MEE and agencies Republished with permission / Middle East Eye / Report a typo

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