Former Egypt president Mohamed Morsi dies in court

Mohamed Morsi

gypt’s former president Mohammed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood leader who rose to office in the country’s first free elections in 2012 and was ousted a year later by the military, has collapsed in court during a trial and died, his family said.

The 67-year-old had just addressed the court, speaking from the glass cage he is kept in during sessions and warning that he had “many secrets” he could reveal, a judicial official said.

A few minutes afterwards he collapsed, the official said.

Mr Morsi died before he could be taken to hospital.

Mr Morsi has been in prison undergoing multiple trials ever since the military ousted him in July 2013 and launched a massive crackdown on his Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists.

Monday’s session was part of a retrial, being held inside Cairo’s Tura Prison, on charges of espionage with the Palestinian Hamas militant group.

Mr Morsi’s son Ahmed confirmed the death of his father in a Facebook post.

Recommended For You

About the Author: Web Desk