Mohamed Morsi, who was ousted in 2013 and died in a trial against him, reports the Egyptian state TV. The cause of his death is not yet known.
The Arab news site Al Arabya writes that Morsi fainted after speaking for 25 minutes. He would have got angry with that. According to the news site, Morsi died when he was transferred to a hospital.
According to one of his lawyers, Morsi was very “calm and controlled”. He would have spoken for five minutes and said, among other things, that he is still the president.
The Muslim Brotherhood speaks of “outright murder” and calls on Egyptians to flock to Morsi’s funeral. Supporters abroad are called upon to meet at Egyptian embassies.
Correspondent Eduard Cousin said on NPO Radio 1 that Morsi spends most of his imprisonment in an isolation cell in Egypt’s most notorious prison: the Torah prison in Cairo. He would have low blood pressure and diabetes and not get the right medical care.
“So it has been warned earlier that it might turn out badly if he doesn’t get the right medical care.”
Director Sarah Whitson of the Middle East department of Human Rights Watch writes that the human rights organization was almost finished with a report on the health condition of Morsi. She calls his death “terrible but completely predictable” because the government refused to provide him with good medical care and to allow family visits.
Amnesty International wants the Egyptian government to conduct an independent investigation into the death of Morsi. It must also include the circumstances in which he was detained and the medical care he received.
The Turkish President Erdogan has condolenced the Muslim Brotherhood and the Egyptian people. Turkey supports the Muslim Brotherhood.
Erdogan called Morsi a “brother” and a “martyr” and the current president of Egypt, Sisi, “cruel.” Sisi was Minister of Defense in the Morsi cabinet and in 2013 led the seizure of power by Morsi, who was deposed.
Morsi (67) was elected President of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2012. He received nearly 52 percent of the votes in the first free elections following the dictatorship of his predecessor Mubarak, who had been in power for decades.
In the period that followed he became increasingly under attack, partly because economic recovery did not occur and Morsi threatened to rule by decree. Millions of Egyptians took to the streets to demand his resignation. In July 2013, he was thrown aside by the army.
Morsi was then sentenced to prison for killing demonstrators, and in 2015 he was sentenced to death for spreading state secrets, organizing jailbreaks, and police attacks. In both cases it was decided on appeal that the trial should be resumed.