Egypt's ousted president Morsi dies "from heart attack"

Egypt's ousted president Morsi dies

PanARMENIAN.Net - Former Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, the first democratically elected head of state in Egypt's modern history, died on Monday, June 17 from a heart attack after collapsing in a Cairo court while on trial on espionage charges, authorities and a medical source said.

The 67-year-old Mursi, a top figure in the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood, had been in jail since being toppled by the military in 2013 after barely a year in power, following mass protests against his rule.

His death is likely to pile up international pressure on the Egyptian government over its human rights record, especially conditions in prisons where thousands of Islamists and secular activists are held.

The public prosecutor said Mursi had collapsed in a defendants' cage in the courtroom shortly after addressing the court, and was pronounced dead in hospital at 4:50 p.m. (1450 GMT). It said initial checks had shown no signs of recent injury on his body.

The Muslim Brotherhood described Mursi's death as a "full-fledged murder" and called for masses to gather at his funeral in Egypt and outside Egyptian embassies around the world.

Mursi's family previously said his health had deteriorated in prison and that they were rarely allowed to visit.

A medical source said Mursi died of a heart attack.

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