Former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi dies ‘in court’

Egypt’s former president Mohamed Morsi has died immediately following a courtroom look in Cairo, in response to Egyptian state tv. He was 67.

The former president and Muslim Brotherhood chief collapsed after a trial session in an espionage lawsuit on Monday for alleged contact with Hamas. He had reportedly been given permission from the presiding decide to handle the courtroom earlier than he fainted.

Morsi got here to energy after Hosni Mubarak was deposed in mass Arab Spring protests in 2011. However, he dominated for solely a yr after being elected to the submit earlier than he was toppled by the navy following mass protests in 2013.

He was serving prolonged sentences on convictions of killing protesters in 2012, espionage involving Qatar, and a jailbreak. Morsi was sentenced to demise in 2015 for participating in a mass jailbreak throughout Egypt’s rebellion in 2011. However, the sentence was overturned late the following yr.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was among the many first to specific his condolences following the information of “martyr” Morsi’s passing, tweeting about his “great sadness and sorrow” at listening to of “the death of my brother.”