Ex-Egyptian President, Mohammed Morsi dies after collapsing in court

Former Egyptian President, Mohamed Morsi has died after appearing in court in Cairo, according to state media.

According to a state TV, 67-year-old former leader died after fainting during the court session in Cairo on Monday.

“He was speaking before the judge for 20 minutes then became very animated and fainted. He was quickly rushed to the hospital where he later died,” a judicial source said.

Morsi, who had been behind bars for nearly six years was until his death facing at least six trials, serving a 20-year prison sentence for a conviction arising from the killing of protesters during demonstrations in 2012 and a life sentence for espionage in a case related to the Gulf state of Qatar.

He was in 2012 elected as the first democratic president of the North African state after the Arab Spring uprising which saw the end of President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule, had a history of health issues, including diabetes and liver and kidney disease. He had suffered from medical neglect during his imprisonment, compounded by the poor conditions in jail.

Deposed in July 2013 following mass protests and a military coup led by incumbent President, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, he was immediately arrested while his political party, the Muslim Brotherhood, was outlawed.

 

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