Ousted Ex-Egyptian President Morsi Dies After Court Hearing

Egypt's Former President Morsi Dies Defending Himself in Court, Reports Say

Egypt's Former President Morsi Dies Defending Himself in Court, Reports Say

Deposed President Mohamed Mursi greets his lawyers and people from behind bars at a court wearing the red uniform of a prisoner sentenced to death, during his court appearance with Muslim Brotherhood members on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt, June 21, 2015.

Malaysia's Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah is shocked and deeply saddened by the sudden passing of former Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi after collapsing in court yesterday.

Rights group Amnesty International also urged Egyptian authorities to open "an impartial, thorough and transparent investigation" into his death, while Human Rights Watch said Morsi had suffered years of "insufficient access to medical care".

Following Morsi's removal, Egypt joined the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, and Russian Federation in branding the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. They withheld medication and gave him disgusting food.

Other Brotherhood leaders have also died in custody.

Morsi, however, was not the first choice for president by the Muslim Brotherhood, Khairat el Shater, a more charismatic leader in the Muslim Brotherhood and successful businessman, was the favourite.

"Egyptians are exhausted of the Muslim Brotherhood", Fr Rafic noted.

Morsi was elected to power in 2012 in Egypt's first free presidential election, having been thrown into the race at the last moment by the disqualification on a technicality of millionaire businessman Khairat al-Shater, by far the Brotherhood's preferred choice.

As protests swept the Mubarak regime, which had clung to power for 30 years, the Muslim Brotherhood was initially cautious.

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"An independent and transparent worldwide investigation must be carried out to find the cause of the death", said Amr Darrag, the ex-minister of planning and global Cooperation under Morsi.

Morsi appeared "pale and gaunt in more than one court session", the paper noted. MK Mtanes Shehadeh, leader of the Arab Balad party, tweeted that even those who disagree with Morsi's path can not stand by and not condemn "the bad crimes of the military regime in Egypt". In 2017, Egypt joined Saudi Arabia as well as Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates in total boycott of Qatar in part due to its support for the group, which President Donald Trump has considered branding a terrorist organization.

The 67-year-old - the first democratically elected head of state in Egypt's modern history - had been in jail since the army commanded by Egypt's current president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi toppled him in 2013 after barely a year in power following mass protests against his rule.

Egyptian officials denied accusations that his health had been neglected.

Under Morsi, Iran's president at the time, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, visited Cairo as ties between Egypt and Iran briefly improved, with Iranian tourists even visiting Egypt.

When he collapsed inside a glass cage where defendants are held in the courtroom on Monday, he was on trial on charges of engaging in espionage with Hamas, the Palestinian militant group.

Morsi was buried in a Cairo cemetery late on Monday.

For outsiders, the gap between the liberal political values espoused by many Egyptian interlocutors at the height of the 2001 uprising and their insouciance at, or emphatic endorsement of the violence of the retribution which followed, says a great deal about the moral quandaries of contemporary Egypt. "The reflection of my image makes me dizzy".

The former President's death has raised questions about his treatment in jail where he was in solitary confinement.

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