former Egypt president Morsi dies after falling ill in court Jun 18, 2019 0 301 12345 Agencies Cairo Egypt’s former President Mohamed Morsi has died after appearing in court in Cairo, according to state media.The 67-year-old died after fainting during the court session in the Egyptian capital on Monday, state TV reported.“He was speaking before the judge for 20 minutes then became very animated and fainted. He was quickly rushed to the hospital where he later died,” a judicial source said.Morsi became Egypt’s first democratically elected president in 2012, one year after the Arab Spring uprising saw the end of President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule.He was then deposed in July 2013 following mass protests and a military coup led by Egypt’s current President Abdel Fattah el Sisi, and was immediately arrested.Morsi served just one year of a four-year term, while the organisation to which he belonged, the Muslim Brotherhood, has since been outlawed.Morsi, who was facing at least six trials, had been behind bars for nearly six years and was serving a 20-year prison sentence for a conviction arising from the killing of protesters during demonstrations in 2012. He was also serving a life sentence for espionage in a case related to Qatar.Other charges against the former leader include jailbreak, insulting the judiciary and involvement in “terrorism”.In November 2016, the Court of Cassation scrapped the life imprisonment sentence for Morsi and 21 other defendants, including some who had received the death penalty in the same case, and ordered a retrial.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was the first world leader to pay tribute to Morsi, calling him a “martyr.” “May Allah rest our brother Morsi, our martyr’s soul in peace,” said Erdogan, who had forged close ties with late former president.Morsi had a history of health issues, including diabetes and liver and kidney disease. He had suffered from medical neglect during his imprisonment, compounded by the poor conditions in jail.A 2018 report conducted by three British MPs under the Independent Detention Review Panel, warned that the lack of medical treatment could result in Morsi suffering from a “premature death”.“Our conclusions are stark,” Crispin Blunt and the panel’s chairman said at the time. “The denial of basic medical treatment to which he is entitled could lead to his premature death.” “The whole overseeing chain of command up to the current president would have responsibility for this,” he added.The panel were denied access by Egyptian authorities to visit Morsi, and relied on testimonies, witness statements, NGO reports, and independently submitted evidence.They said that Morsi was being kept in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day, which under the UN guidelines, would classify as torture. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Iran set to breach enriched uranium limit in 10 days Jun 18, 2019 0 1056 Arab League head warns no M-E peace deal without Palestinian state Jun 18, 2019 0 297 30 killed in triple suicide bombing in Nigeria Jun 18, 2019 0 1307 HK activist Joshua Wong leaves jail, vows to join protests AFP Hong Kong Leading Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong walked free from prison Monday and vowed to join historic anti-government protests rocking the finance hub, as activists kept up pressure on the city’s .. China’s Xi to visit North Korea this week ahead of G20 meet AFP Beijing Xi Jinping will make the first trip to North Korea by a Chinese president in 14 years this week, state media said Monday, as Beijing tightens relations with Pyongyang amid tensions with the United States. Xi .. UN tells Tehran to keep implementing nuclear agreement US: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday called on Iran to continue to abide by a nuclear deal reached with world powers after Tehran said it would soon surpass a uranium stockpile limit set in the 2015 accord. ..