TDN World Desk: Mohamed Morsi, the first ever democratically elected President of Egypt died room while on trail in Cairo court room on Monday, state media confirmed.
The public prosecutor said the 67-year-old collapsed in a defendants’ cage while he was in the courtroom and was pronounced dead in hospital at 4:50pm local time on Monday. A medical report showed no apparent recent injuries on his body.
“Morsi died today while attending a session in his trial on espionage charges. During the session, he was granted permission to address the judge,” Al Jazeera quoted a presenter with Egypt’s state TV.
Following the sudden death Morsi, Human Rights Watch issued press release.
Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch, said : “Former President Morsi’s death followed years of government mistreatment, prolonged solitary confinement, inadequate medical care and deprivation of family visits and access to lawyers.”
During surge of Arab Spring in Middle-east, in 2012 Morsi becomes Egypt’s first ever freely elected president overthrowing country’s 30 years’- dictator- president Hosni Mubarak.
However, one year after he assumed office, he was ousted through a military coup. The then defense minister General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and opposition leader ElBaradei played the major role in the coup to remove the countries first elected President Morsi.
During his short presidential berth Morsi played key role in stopping war between Israel and Palestine.
Turkey President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan remains the first state head to express grief at his death and recognise Morsi as “Martyr”.