Egypt TV says ousted president Morsi dies in court

Cheryl Sanders
June 17, 2019

Former President Mohamed Morsi died on Monday in court after the conclusion of a trial session in the espionage lawsuit. His body was taken to a hospital, it said.

Morsi was democratically elected in 2012 after the 2011 Arab Spring saw the end of President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule.

Egypt's government-owned TV said that he collapsed when the court was in session and subsequently died.

The military ousted Morsi in 2013 after massive protests, and crushed the Brotherhood in a major crackdown, arresting Morsi and many others of the group's leaders.

He was serving lengthy sentences on convictions of killing protesters in 2012, espionage involving Qatar, and a jailbreak.

Last year, a group of British MPs and lawyers issued a grave warning that Mr Morsi faced an early death because of the poor conditions in the jail in which he was being held.

A report by the Independent Detention Review Panel past year had concluded that the medical care being provided to President Morsi was inadequate and could lead to his premature death. He was then deposed following mass protests and a military coup in July 2013.

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