MOHAMMED Morsi, former Egyptian president who was ousted by the army in 2013, has died in court, state TV says.
The 67 year-old-Morsi was said to have died after collapsing during a court session where he was facing episionage charges on Monday in Egypt.
Morsi was elected in 2012 as Egypt’s first democratically elected president after the Arab Spring uprisings ousted longtime President Hosni Mubarak , but he was overthrown in July 2013, a year after he took office. Morsi was unseated by a military coup led by his defence minister, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Fattah had been ruling Egypt since then while Morsi had remained in custody.
After his removal from power, Egyptian authorities launched a crackdown on his supporters and the Muslim Brotherhood.
The hearing in the capital, Cairo, was related to charges of espionage emanating from suspected contacts with the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, according to state television.
Meanwhile, in 2018, it was reported that Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi is being imprisoned in standards lower than those sanctioned by international law, which could lead to an early death, a panel of British MPs and lawyers said.
In a report released by Detention Review Panel (DRP), which was commissioned by Morsi’s family, said the former leader is “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,” it said.
In 2015, Morsi was sentenced to death after being convicted of colluding with foreign militants – from the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas and Lebanon’s Shia Islamist Hezbollah movement – to organise a mass prison break.
However, after some international organisation campaigned against the move, the death sentence was quashed in 2016 by Egypt’s highest court of appeal.
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