Egypt’s ousted former President Mohamed Morsi collapses in courtroom, dies
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Ousted former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, imprisoned since the military removed him from office in 2013, died Monday after collapsing during a court hearing, state television reported.
The country’s first democratically elected president and a leader of the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood movement, the 67-year-old California-educated Morsi lasted only a year in office before his defense minister, Abdel Fattah Sisi, moved to wrest power from him. Sisi has been president ever since.
Morsi’s death, which followed years of reports of his health deteriorating in prison, was a dramatic new inflection point in Egypt’s tumultuous journey from the massive Arab Spring protests of 2011 that toppled Hosni Mubarak, a dictator of decades’ standing, and the country’s subsequent slide into a new era of repression under Sisi.
State television said Morsi collapsed during a court session that was part of his trial for espionage, one of dozens of legal proceedings that punctuated his years of imprisonment on an array of charges. At one point he was sentenced to death.
June 17, 2019 at 9:28 PM #77661HassleCatParticipant
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He’s probably faking it.
June 18, 2019 at 6:46 PM #77908Paul H MentzerParticipant
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The problems will be seen at his funeral. Under Moslem rules he must be buried within three days. The Government will want him buried as soon as possible, i.e. he is already in his grave. His followers would like to wait the whole three days to have the maximum number of mourners to show the continued support for the Moslem Brotherhood. Lets see what happens.
June 18, 2019 at 7:11 PM #77918RealityReduxParticipant
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Death by prison (negligence). The West never really liked the guy from the Muslim Brotherhood anyways. I say that once he was placed behind bars, his days were numbered. I also say that this won’t sit well with many Muslims in that region.
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