Sunday, 21 July 2019

Egypt’s Morsi dies in court during trial hearing

CAIRO: Mohammed Morsi, Egypt’s former president who was ousted by the military in 2013, died in court during his trial, according to local reports. The state TV says the 67-year-old Morsi was attending a session on Monday in his trial on espionage charges when he blacked out and then died.

His body was taken to a hospital, it said. Morsi, who hailed from Egypt’s largest Islamist group, the now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, was elected president in 2012 in the country’s first free elections following the ouster the year before of longtime leader Hosni Mubarak.

The military ousted Morsi in 2013 after massive protests and crushed the Brotherhood in a major crackdown, arresting Morsi and many others of the group’s leaders.

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