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Egypt's Ex-President Morsi Dies During Trial

18 Jun 2019, 04:15 GMT+10

Egypt's ousted President Muhammad Morsi has died after fainting in a courtroom in Cairo, officials say.

Egypt's public prosecutor said that Morsi collapsed in a court cage after addressing the tribunal on June 17.

Morsi was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, a statement said, adding that a medical report showed no apparent recent injuries on his body.

State television reported that the court hearing was related to charges of espionage emanating from suspected contacts with the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas.

Morsi, 67, was a former top figure in the now-banned Islamist movement Muslim Brotherhood.

He was ousted by the Egyptian military in 2013 following mass protests a year after he took office as the country's first democratically elected leader.

He had remained in custody since then, while the Egyptian authorities launched a crackdown on his supporters.

Human Rights Watch said Morsi's death was tragic but 'predictable' given the authorities' 'failure' to allow medical care.

A leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood in London, Mohammed Sudan, said the death was the equivalent of 'premeditated murder."

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who had forged close ties with Morsi, called him a 'martyr.'

Based on reporting by the BBC, dpa, AFP, AP and Reuters

Copyright (c) 2018. RFE/RL, Inc. Republished with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036

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