Erdogan attends prayers for Egypt's ex-president Morsi

Erdogan attends prayers for Egypt's ex-president Morsi”

Egypt's first democratically elected president Mohamed Morsi was buried in Cairo on Tuesday, his lawyer said, a day after he collapsed in court and died.

Yesterday, Egypt's former Islamist president, Mohamed Mursi, collapsed inside a glass cage while on trial on espionage charges and died shortly thereafter in hospital, of a heart attack.

Abdel Maksoud told AFP only around 10 family members and close Morsi confidants were present, including himself.

The attorney general's office said Morsi, who appeared "animated", had addressed the court on Monday for five minutes before falling to the ground inside the defendants' glass cage.

State TV said Morsi died before he could be taken to the hospital.

A judicial source said Morsi had fainted during a break in the trial hearing.

Morsi, long a top figure in the Islamic group, the Muslim Brotherhood, was overthrown as president in 2013 by Egypt's military after mass protests against his rule.

Morsi's death is a sensitive moment for Egyptian authorities.

"They withheld medication", it said in a statement. Human rights groups have sharply criticized the 2018 vote as undemocratic. She accused the government of failing to permit Morsi satisfactory "medical care, much less family visits". A month later, one of his sons, Abdallah, was arrested. "Morsi's detention, including access to adequate medical care, as well as sufficient access to his lawyers and family, during his almost six years in custody", Colville continued. "Furthermore, HRW has reached a new low by attempting to take advantage of the death of an Egyptian citizen to make political statements, and unfounded criminal accusations that have no relation whatsoever to human rights work". Human rights groups warned that his poor health (he had diabetes as well as liver and kidney ailments) and his prolonged solitary confinement would lead to his premature death.

Politicians, religious leaders, civil society activists and citizens attended the gatherings organized by Jamat-e-Islami (JI) - the country's mainstream religious party - in capital Islamabad, commercial capital Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta, Multan, Faisalabad, Hyderbadad, Bahawalpur, Gujranwala, Mardan, Swat, and other cities.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan paid tribute to Morsi after news of his death broke - calling him a 'martyr'.

Internationally he received some support, but in his homeland, Morsi has a chequered legacy.

But critics complained he had failed to deliver during his turbulent year in office.

The Islamist leader has been in prison since his ouster, on trial in several cases including for spying for Iran, Qatar and militant groups such as Hamas.

Morsi was also accused of plotting terrorist acts. He won election in 2012 by default, because petty bourgeois parties like the Revolutionary Socialists (RS) had blocked a seizure of power by the working class during the initial revolutionary upsurge in 2011, when millions of protesters battling riot police and a general strike of the Egyptian working class brought down military dictator Hosni Mubarak.

Local media hinted that the burial was quiet for security reasons, with one famous pro-state television presenter warning it could lead to clashes between opponents and supporters of Morsi should it be held in public.

His death comes days before Egypt hosts the Africa Cup of Nations football tournament, starting Friday.

Authorities have been on high alert, announcing on Facebook Monday that thousands of forces would be deployed to secure venues.

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