Former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi dies after collapsing in court

2019-06-17 18:26
Former Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi. (File, AFP)

Former Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi. (File, AFP)

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Former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi died on Monday in a Cairo hospital after fainting during a session in court, judicial and security sources said.

"He was speaking before the judge for 20 minutes then became very animated and fainted. He was quickly rushed to the hospital where he later died," a judicial source said.

Morsi had been "animated" during a hearing in the retrial of an espionage case where he was accused of collaborating with adverse foreign powers and militant groups, judicial and security sources said.

"The court granted him his request to speak for five minutes... He fell to the ground in the cage... and was transported immediately to the hospital. A medical report found... no pulse or breathing," the office of the attorney general said in a statement.

Morsi, who was Egypt's first democratically elected president, spent just one turbulent year in office after the 2011 uprising before the army toppled him in July 2013.

The Islamist leader has been in prison since his ouster and is on trial for several cases including for spying for Iran, Qatar and militant groups such as Hamas in the Gaza Strip. He was also accused of plotting terror acts.

Since his overthrow, his former defence minister now President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has waged an ongoing crackdown targeting his supporters from the Muslim Brotherhood with thousands jailed and hundreds facing death sentences.

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