Tuesday 18 June 2019

Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi is buried in a small ceremony after suffering a fatal cardiac arrest in court during espionage trial where he warned he could reveal 'many secrets'

Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi is buried in a small ceremony after he died in
Mohamed Morsi has been buried in Cairo in a small ceremony attended by his family a day after he collapsed and died in court. 

Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president after Hosni Mubarak was ousted in the Arab Spring, was buried in Medinat Nasr, in eastern Cairo, early Tuesday.

The Muslim Brotherood leader, 67, had been in court for a retrial on espionage charges when he suffered a cardiac arrest Monday and died before he could be taken to hospital.

Morsi had appeared 'animated' during the hearing, judicial and security sources said, and had just been granted a request to speak for five minutes.

He reportedly told the court that he could reveal 'many secrets' but they would breach the country's national security just moments before he collapsed.  

Mohamed Morsi was buried early Tuesday in a cemetery inĂ‚ Medinat Nasr, in eastern Cairo (pictured), just hours after he collapsed and died while standing trial on espionage charges

Son Abdullah Mohamed Morsi said the family were forced to opt for a private ceremony after a request for a public burial in Morsi's hometown was denied.
Human rights groups have long complained about his treatment in jail - where he has been kept since he was removed from power in 2013 - and are calling for an independent investigation.
'He fell to the ground in the cage... and was transported immediately to the hospital. A medical report found... no pulse or breathing,' said the attorney general's office.

'He arrived at the hospital dead at 4:50 pm exactly and there were no new, visible injuries found on the body.'
Another of Morsi's legal defence team described the moment he received news of his death.
'We heard the banging on the glass cage from the rest of the other inmates and them screaming loudly that Morsi had died,' the lawyer, Osama El Helw, told AFP.
Since Morsi's overthrow his former defence minister, now President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, has waged an ongoing crackdown that has seen thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters jailed and hundreds facing death sentences. 

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