Former president Mohamed Morsi dies in court session, rights groups point to lack of proper medical care in detention

Source: Madamasr

Author(s): Mostafa Mohie and Rana Mamdouh

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Former President Mohamed Morsi collapsed and died on Monday while attending a court hearing in a retrial of a case in which he stood accused of espionage, according to state television. He was 67 years old.

In a statement issued shortly after news of his death began to circulate, the public prosecutor’s office provided details of Morsi’s final moments. Without referring to his former position as head of state, the statement said Morsi addressed the court for several minutes. After the hearing was adjourned, Morsi fell unconscious among other defendants in the defendants’ cage. He was immediately taken to a hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead on arrival, the statement added.

The statement did not provide details on the cause of death, but the prosecutor has convened an investigation that will be tasked with questioning the other defendants in the case, examining evidence from surveillance cameras inside the courtroom, examining Morsi’s medical file detailing his treatment in prison and ordering a forensics team to prepare a report on the cause of death.

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