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Egypt’s first elected president Morsi dies in a court room

Mohamed Morsi was buried alongside other senior figures of the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo, his son Ahmed Morsi posted on his Facebook page, according to a Reuters report.

Morsi senior, an ousted president of Egypt, died on Monday from a heart attack after collapsing in a Cairo courtroom. The 67-year-old Morsi was toppled by the military in 2013, only a year after being in power.

Morsi’s son Ahmed wrote: “The burial was attended by members of the family in Cairo’s Nasr City after authorities refused burial in Morsi’s home province of Sharqiya in the Nile Delta”.

Mohamed Morsi, the first democratically elected head of state in Egypt’s modern history, was serving a 20-year prison sentence for a conviction arising from the killing of protesters during demonstrations in 2012. Medical sources said he collapsed while on trial on espionage charges and taken to the hospital but died at 4:50 p.m.

As Morsi was a leading and prominent figure of the Muslim Brotherhood, the organization said his death is seen as “full-fledged murder”. The Brotherhood also called Egyptians to join the former president’s funeral in Egypt and protest against the government outside Egyptian embassies around the world.

Morsi’s family earlier said his health worsened while in prison and they were denied any visits to him on several occasions. “We had put in several requests for treatment, some were accepted, and others were not,” Morsi’s lawyer Abdel-Menem Abdel-Maqsood told Reuters.

Medical sources said Morsi received medical treatment at a private hospital and at the police hospital in Cairo and denied the claims Morsi was not given his medicines as he was diabetic and suffered from high blood pressure.

Erdogan says Morsi was a “martyr”

Morsi’s death has sparked criticism against the Egyptian government and international bodies are calling for a transparent investigation into his death. “The Egyptian authorities must immediately order an impartial, thorough and transparent investigation into the circumstances of his death, as well as his detention conditions and his ability to access medical care,” said Magdalena Mughrabi, Amnesty’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa in a statement.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who has been sharply critical of his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, calls Morsi a martyr. “Muslims will remember the former Egyptian president for the honourable struggle he carried out until his last breath,” said Erdogan at an event at the Halic Congress Center in Istanbul on Monday.

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