Egypt′s former President Mohammed Morsi died during trial in Cairo, according to authorities. The ex-democratically elected leader after Khairat El-Shater who was disqualified from the 2012 presidential election, held power for one year, later ousted by the military in 2013.
“Morsi died today (Monday, June 17th, 2019) while attending a session in his trial on espionage charges. During the session, he was granted permission to address the judge,” a presenter with Egypt’s state TV said.
“The government of Egypt today bears responsibility for his death, given their failure to provide him with adequate medical care or basic prisoner rights,” the group said in a statement to Al Jazeera.
Mohammed Morsi tumbled moments after appearing before the court in Cairo over charges of espionage related to suspected contacts with the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, which had close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Morsi spoke for a five minutes time from a soundproof glass cage which officials said was designed to prevent him from disrupting proceedings. Morsi collapsed in a defendants’ cage in the courtroom and was later pronounced dead in hospital at 16:50 local time (14:50 GMT).
Last month, his family said authorities had repeatedly denied access to him and that they knew little about the state of his health. During his time in prison, Morsi was allowed only three visits from relatives and was denied access to his lawyers or a doctor, according to human rights group Amnesty International.
His son Abdullah told the Reuters news agency he did not know the location of the body and that authorities were refusing to allow Morsi to be buried in his native Nile Delta province of Sharqiya.