Egypt’s former president and Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Morsi, 67yo, has died suddenly following a court appearance in the country’s capital, Egyptian state television reported.
Morsi collapsed after a trial session in an espionage lawsuit on June 17 for alleged contact with Hamas. Morsi had reportedly got permission from the presiding judge to address the court before he fainted.
According to media reports, he succumbed to a heart attack. However, this still has to be confirmed.
Morsi became the president after Hosni Mubarak had been overthrown in Arab Spring protests in 2011. Then, he was toppled by the military following mass protests in 2013.
Authorities charged him with killing protesters in 2012, espionage involving Qatar, and a jailbreak. In 2015, the former president was sentenced to death for taking part in a mass jailbreak during the Arab Spring protests in 2011. This sentence was overturned the following year.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan became one of the first to express his condolences revealing his “great sadness and sorrow” at hearing of “the death of my brother” via Twitter.
ببالغ الحزن والأسى تلقيت نبأ وفاة أخي محمد مرسي أول رئيس منتخب ديمقراطيًا في مصر.
أدعو بالرحمة للشهيد محمد مرسي أحد أكثر مناضلي الديمقراطية في التاريخ.
إنا لله وإنا إليه راجعون. pic.twitter.com/Bv1EgjT64W
— رجب طيب أردوغان (@rterdogan_ar) June 17, 2019
Turkish media outlets have released a series of articles expressing condolences over the death of Morsi and slamming the Egyptian government. It should be noted that Turkey de-facto supported Morsi when he gained power as a result of Arab Spring protests. After the events of 2013, the group was banned in Egypt and declared as a terrorist organization. Today, the primary state backers of the Muslim Brotherhood are Qatar and Turkey. Muslim Brotherhood is considered a terrorist organization in Egypt, Bahrain, Libya, Syria, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Russia.
Despte the ban, Muslim Brotherhood cells are still active across Egypt. These cells were involved in terrorist attacks across the country. One of the most widely known amongthe international audience is the December 2013 attack in Mansoura that killed 16 people and injured over 100 others.