Egypt’s ex-president Mohammed Morsi dies during trial, buried in Cairo

Last Updated: Jun 18 2019 13:29
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CAIRO- Former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi who died on Monday after collapsing in court during a trial hearing has been buried in Cairo, his lawyer informed.

Morsi was appearing in the Cairo court on charges of espionage. Minutes after the proceedings began, he fainted and was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

State television had earlier described the cause of death as a heart attack but now a forensic report has been ordered into his death.

Morsi, 67, had been in custody since he was ousted from the office in 2013. He was reportedly kept in solitary confinement 23 hours a day where no one was allowed to visit him.

Human rights groups have also called for an impartial investigation into his death.

His son, Abdullah Mohamed Morsi, told Reuters that Egyptian authorities denied a family request for a public funeral.

Turkish President Erdogan blamed Egypt's "tyrants" for his death and described him as a martyr while The Muslim Brotherhood's political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party, described Morsi's death as an "assassination".