Former Egyptian president Morsi dies in courtroom

Media says cardiac arrest after hearing, Erdogan says a martyr

17 June, 21:38

    CAIRO - Former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi died Monday due to a "cardiac crisis in the courtroom" following a hearing in the trial in which he is accused of spying, according to Egyptian state television.

    Morsi was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood and was president from June 2012 to July 2013, in the first elections after the fall of the autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

    He was deposed in a popular and military revolution and replaced by the current head of state, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

    Since that time, Morsi has been in prison and has been put on trial several times and had multiple convictions.

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, long a supporter of Morsi, called the former Egyptian president a "martyr".

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