Egypt’s former president, Mohammed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood chief who rose to workplace within the nation’s first free elections in 2012 and was ousted a 12 months later by the army, collapsed in court docket throughout a trial and died, state TV and his household stated.
The 67-year-old Morsi had simply addressed the court docket, talking from the glass cage he’s saved in throughout periods and warning that he had “many secrets and techniques” he may reveal, a judicial official stated. A couple of minutes afterward, he collapsed, the official stated, talking on situation of anonymity as a result of he was not licensed to speak to the press.
Reviews in Egypt say the army and inside ministry introduced a state of excessive alert following the announcement of Morsi’s loss of life for concern of riots.
State TV stated Morsi died earlier than he might be taken to the hospital.
Morsi has been in jail present process a number of trials ever because the army ousted him in July 2013 and launched an enormous crackdown on his Muslim Brotherhood and different Islamists. Monday’s session was a part of a retrial, being held inside Cairo’s Tura Jail, on fees of espionage with the Palestinian Hamas militant group.
Morsi’s son, Ahmed, confirmed the loss of life of his father in a Fb put up.
Mohammed Sudan, main member of the Muslim Brotherhood in London, described Morsi’s loss of life as “premediated homicide” saying that the previous president was banned from receiving drugs or visits and there was little details about his well being situation.
“He has been positioned behind glass cage (throughout trials). Nobody can hear him or know what is occurring to him. He hasn’t obtained any visits for a months or practically a 12 months. He complained earlier than that he would not get his drugs. That is premediated homicide. That is sluggish loss of life.”
The Egyptian prosecutor has reportedly appointed a particular investigation workforce to look into the circumstances behind Morsi’s loss of life.
Amnesty Worldwide urged Egyptian authorities on Monday to analyze former president Morsi’s loss of life. “We name on Egyptian authorities to conduct an neutral, thorough and clear investigation into the circumstances of Morsi’s loss of life, together with his solitary confinement and isolation from the skin world,” Amnesty tweeted in Arabic.
It additionally referred to as for an investigation into the medical care Morsi was receiving, and for anybody discovered answerable for mistreatment to be held accountable.
The judicial official stated Morsi had requested to talk to the court docket through the session. The decide permitted it, and Morsi gave a speech saying he had “many secrets and techniques” that, if he instructed them, he could be launched, however he added that he wasn’t telling them as a result of it could hurt Egypt’s nationwide safety.
A spokesman for the Inside Ministry didn’t reply calls looking for remark.
Morsi was a longtime senior determine in Egypt’s strongest Islamist group, the Muslim Brotherhood. He was elected in 2012 within the nation’s first free presidential election, held a 12 months after an Arab Spring rebellion ousted Egypt’s longtime authoritarian chief Hosni Mubarak. His Muslim Brotherhood additionally held a majority in parliament.
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The army, led by then-Protection Minister Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, ousted Morsi after huge protests in opposition to the Brotherhood’s domination of energy. El-Sissi was subsequently elected president and has waged an enormous crackdown on Islamists and different opponents sinse.
Since Morsi’s ouster, Egypt’s authorities has declared the Brotherhood a terrorist group and largely crushed it with a heavy crackdown. Tens of 1000’s of Egyptians have been arrested since 2013, primarily Islamists however secular activists who had been behind the 2011 rebellion too.
He has been sentenced to 20 years after being convicted of ordering Brotherhood members to interrupt up a protest in opposition to him, leading to deaths. An earlier loss of life sentence was overturned. A number of instances are nonetheless pending.
Morsi was held in a particular wing within the sprawling Tora detention advanced nicknamed Scorpion Jail. Rights teams say its poor situations fall far beneath Egyptian and worldwide requirements.
State tv stated Morsi, who was 67, was in court docket for a listening to on fees of espionage emanating from suspected contacts with the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas.
Morsi was serving a 20-year jail sentence for a conviction arising from the killing of protesters throughout demonstrations in 2012 and a life sentence for espionage in a case associated to the Gulf state of Qatar.
Reuters contributed to this report.